The US policy is certainly a cause for concern because cyber attacks may come from individuals or groups in any country:who have nothing to do with the government.
Our belligerent posturing on this looks like warmongering of the worst kind.
Cyber attacks require a particularly measured response to find out who is responsible. We need to be totally sure before we react, and this is an area where identities are routinely obscured or forged.
This creates a situation where private interests who are harmed by a cyber attack could urge the Government to retaliate on their behalf. Generally we should not do that. Private risk should not be underwritten by the government.
I think that the current low level of attack is strengthening us as we develop countermeasures and is probably a good thing. We should concentrate on defence and not contemplate attack outside of an open war scenario.
I think that the current low level of attack is strengthening us as we develop countermeasures and is probably a good thing.
It’s not actually that low … John Q. Public just doesn’t have any idea. :-/
Agent K said it best in Men In Black, “There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!”
I think the unclassified publication of some of these positions was meant less as a threat (the adversaries already know) but more like a disgruntled parent to their teenagers – “we do know about what you’re up to” – reminder to those guilty parties.
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