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Risk & Repeat: U.S. government eyes offensive cyberattacks

June 29, 2018 / Rob Wright

The prospect of the U.S. government using offensive cyberattacks against foreign adversaries appears to be gaining steam. According to the New York Times, the Pentagon approved a policythat empowers the U.S. Cyber Command to initiate constant offensive cyberattacks designed to disrupt foreign networks. The Times report details a vision statement from military leadership that calls for cyber activities that are "short of war" to retaliate against hacking campaigns from adversarial nation states. The Pentagon's new strategy for the U.S. Cyber Command, which has traditionally led the nation's cyber defensive efforts, comes in the wake of many recent high-profile cyberattacks attributed to the governments of Russia, North Korea and Iran. The concept of "hacking back" against cyber adversaries has gained momentum in both the private sector as well as the government. Some cybersecurity experts, however, have warned that the risks and unintended consequences of off...