Line in the sand- U.S. says cyber attack on country’s systems can constitute “an act of war.”

May 31, 2011WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force. The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country’s military. In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” said a military official. Recent attacks on the Pentagon’s own systems—as well as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear program via the Stuxnet computer worm—have given new urgency to U.S. efforts to develop a more formalized approach to cyber attacks. A key moment occurred in 2008, when at least one U.S. military computer system was penetrated. This weekend Lockheed Martin, a major military contractor, acknowledged that it had been the victim of an infiltration, while playing down its impact. –WSJ
In June of 2010, the U.S. and NATO began unveiling its policies of military reprisals for cyber attacks launched from foreign governments against Western targets.” The Extinction Protocol, page 61
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18 Responses to Line in the sand- U.S. says cyber attack on country’s systems can constitute “an act of war.”

  1. Janiebird says:

    Well, the US would know all about acts of war, wouldn’t it!


  2. Jenny Reader says:

    Alan: I think it’s interesting that just last week on NPR they had an article about the US cyber attacking Iranian nuclear programs. Now we’ve allowed it’s an act of war for someone to do it to us.Living in this glass house. I do not believe we should be chunking any rocks so to speak.


  3. Laura says:

    It seems and feels as though our leaders will come up with any reason to go to war. 😦


  4. cdkanas says:

    Didn’t the US (or Israel) hit Iran’s network with the Stuxnet virus a few monthes ago?


  5. pam says:

    And, of course, we will have to take the Pentagon’s word that Country X was responsible – or that it happened at all (how convenient) – it’s not like we actually have anything physical to see.


  6. Nymphaea says:

    This is incredible. On the one hand we are informed in no uncertain terms that the US is on the brink of bankruptcy and yet there is an endless supply of funding for war. The Iraq war has demonstrated that American deaths and casualties are quite significant and Iraqi civilian deaths must have been considerable. Clearly no lessons learnt there. Now NATO has invaded Libya and threatening Syria with all manner of things. Has World War 3 started already? This is like the old Roman Empire invading nation after nation and eventually crumbling from within. The really sad part is these wars drag everybody else in the world into it. I really wonder if order will be created out of chaos or we are just going to be annihilated in the process. Talk about being sitting ducks in more ways than one.


  7. goodbyemilkyway says:

    Sigh…sigh..sigh..police state is here!

    Some people in power, seem to be writing the rules as they go…is a big giant game . Do not pass Go, Do not collect 200.00.

    Police here can pull you over now for drinking a coffee, maybe even blowing your nose…is a new..’distracted driving awareness crap b.s. thing…really is crazy…

    side note..have you noticed world wide most of the police uniforms are now black…interesting.


    • goodbyemilkyway says:

      pss…war, war war..

      The talk of WAR…FEAR..the media is ‘amusing’ you..instead of Muse..Amuse. Atheist..Theist..funny how an A at the front changes the meaning..

      Try not to be ‘amused’ by the media, Distracted, is a smoke cover…
      Fear is their goal, Mindful live in this moment, this moment…this prepared, Spiritually, Mentally, Physically.. There will be a war, it is coming.. it is coming fast..

      It will be in your own neighborhood ….realllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy pay attention to the food situation..all the crops that are being destroyed..water..GLOBAL..that means you and I my friends…we are the Third World Country…Believe it, we are..This NATO..yes it is horrible…dont get me wrong, awful …..may I many of you have planted a garden?..have one going already?..Heirloom seeds?..ya know…that piece of lawn that is in full south direction…ohmy it does look so beautiful, perfectly groomed..weed free…..will it feed you? and those you love?..any land you have that can be used for growing food…should be used for that…if you have a beautiful groomed south facing lawn..are you not ashamed at wasting our most amazing energy source we have?..Be Mindful. Be Aware..Be hard, and one must ask for Divine help…specially in these days that are upon us.



  8. nibikwe says:

    Scientist Dr. Leuren Moret stated that a Stuxnet virus was used to disable the Fukushima generators after the March 11 9.0 earthquake. You can access her lectures on youtube or from the Seattle Examiner interviews with Alfred Webre.


  9. idiotbox says:

    The big summer blockbuster has arrived ‘False Flag Operation’ (In 3D, in select theaters of war near you).


  10. AmandaK says:

    A guy named Reza Kahlili was undercover in Iran for the CIA and he has talked to many different people about their plans and what he’s been through. I think that people need to prepare for something like this NOW. So many people are unaware. And it drives me crazy to read comments that are making jokes about these serious situations. Anyways, Reza is going to be on EMPact America radio on Wednesday the 29th to talk about what he went through and what Iran’s plans are and whatnot. Here’s the link for people to check it out:–reza-kahlili-author-of-a-time-to-betray


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  12. Tim says:

    Alvin, the moves are happening more frequently and are becoming more alarming.

    October 27, 2011 – Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites

    October 27, 2011 – Symantec Cautions about Stuxnet Offshoot

    October 27, 2011 – Massive hack hit 760 companies

    October 26, 2011 – Cyber attacks caught Japan flat footed, experts say

    October 24, 2011 – Cyber attacks against U.S. Energy Dept. disclosed

    October 18, 2011 – Report: U.S. weighed Libya cyberattack


  13. Tim says:

    Chess Pieces being moved daily around the board.

    October 30, 2011
    US: Firms Fear Cyber Attacks, Banks Vulnerable: (Asia One)
    A survey of corporate leaders has suggested that the biggest risks to businesses may come in the form of cyber attacks rather than from natural disasters, terrorism and the global economic crisis.

    US: Army Sees Cyber Threats as Imminent: (US Army Press Release)
    “I think the threat [of cyber-attacks] is very real and could potentially be very near-term,” said Brig. Gen. John Davis, U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md. The nation, he said, will demand the military be engaged in cyber defense of the nation, because the military has the greatest capacity and capabilities to do so.

    October 31, 2011
    Mexico: ‘Hackers’ Threaten Mexican Drug Cartel in Youtube Film: (BBC)
    An internet video – which claims to be linked to the Anonymous hacking movement – has threatened to expose details about a Mexican drugs cartel. The YouTube message said it was “tired of the criminal group the Zetas, which is dedicated to kidnapping, stealing and extortion”. It said the cartel “made a great mistake” carrying out an abduction of one of their members in Veracruz.

    UK: GCHQ Chief Reports ‘Disturbing’ Cyber-Attacks On UK: (BBC)
    The UK has been subject to a “disturbing” number of cyber-attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Sensitive data on government computers has been targeted, along with defense, technology and engineering firms’ designs, Iain Lobban said in the Times.


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