[ISN] General: We Just Might Nuke Those Cyber Attackers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 00:16:59 -0500 (CDT)

By Nathan Hodge
Danger Room
May 13, 2009 

How would the American military respond to an attack on its networks? If 
we take the commander of U.S. strategic forces at his word, they’d nuke 
those hackers, if need be.

Speaking to reporters at a press breakfast last week, Gen. Kevin 
Chilton, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the president retained 
the option to retaliate with military force in the event of a serious 
cyber attack against U.S. networks. Global Security Newswire’s Elaine 
Grossman has the key quote:

“I think you don’t take any response options off the table from an 
attack on the United States of America,” Chilton said. “Why would we 
constrain ourselves on how we respond?”

“I think that’s been our policy on any attack on the United States of 
America,” the general added. “And I don’t see any reason to treat cyber 
any differently. I mean, why would we tie the president’s hands? I 
can’t. It’s up to the president to decide.”


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