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Pentagon to Declare Cyberattacks "Acts of War"

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war. This position, first leaked to the Wall Street Journal by an unnamed Pentagon official, gives the U.S. a green light to respond to hacking using traditional military force. This new stance represents an early attempt to secure a rapidly changing world in which a hacker could pose as much of a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors and infrastructure as a hostile country's military.? The unnamed military official is quoted saying, "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smoke stacks." One idea gaining momentum at the Pentagon is the notion of "equivalence," which means if a cyberattack results in the same kind of death and destruction a traditional military or terrorist attack would, then it can be retaliated with force.? A Rasmussen poll released on June 2, 2011 reveals that 53% of Americans agree that a major cyberattack should be viewed as an act of war to be met with military force. The release of the poll results follows just a few days after Lockheed Martinadmitted they suffered a "sustained and tenacious" hack on its computer networks. On Wednesday June 1, Google announced that hackers, apparently based in China, had targeted Gmail accounts of U.S. government officials. While China has denied the allegations, the FBI has begun a probe.? Sources:
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