When You Put The Military In Charge of 'Cyberdefense', Don't Be Surprised They Want To Go On The Offensive

from the uh,-we're-going-to-need-lots-of-bombs dept

A US Air Force officer says that America should build a military botnet and go on the offensive, so the system acts as a deterrent against future attacks. Who would be attacked? According to the BBC, "he argues that if a computer owner has failed to use anti-virus software and install the latest security patches, that machine may be a legitimate military target." Wow. So not having anti-virus software makes it okay for the military to attack any computer? Why stop there? Why not just blow the thing up, if it is indeed a "legitimate military target"? If these are the sorts of strategies that the military sees for cybersecurity -- which the officer has called "carpet bombing in cyberspace" -- perhaps we'd be better off with somebody else heading up the efforts.

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    ondigo, 1 May 2009 @ 8:54am

    "speaking in a personal capacity"

    Note that this was merely one colonel specifically "speaking in a personal capacity". He no more represents the DoD's position than does some mid-level manager in MS get to determine their software strategy.

    I'm working with the Navy on IT policy, and I can tell you that any time someone in a meeting edges up to something like trying to control the Internet (in whole or part), they get quickly swatted down.


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