It's not like we couldn't figure out that this was happening, but for the first time the Department of Defense (DoD) has acknowledged forming 13 teams of cyberwarriors whose mission is offense not defense.
Last week, National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the chief of the new Cyber Command, advised Congress that he would be leading the effort to establish the teams. The Cyber Command was created to integrate cyberspace operations for the protection of DoD networks. The General told Congress, "This is an offensive team that the Defense Department would use to defend the nation if it were attacked in cyber space. Thirteen of the teams that we're creating are for that mission alone.”
We are engaged in cyberchess – and it makes sense, as it did during the Cold War, that we make sure our enemies know that we can destroy them if they seek to destroy us. Then it was bombs, now it is cyberattacks. I'm not sure that society has made much progress.
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