Latest Leak: Obama Wants A List Of Countries To Cyberattack
from the but-of-course dept
The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) "can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging".Again, this shouldn't be a surprise if you're paying attention. Back in February, we noted that the White House had done an internal "legal review" and decided for itself that it had broad powers when it came to cyberattacks.
It says the government will "identify potential targets of national importance where OCEO can offer a favorable balance of effectiveness and risk as compared with other instruments of national power".
The directive also contemplates the possible use of cyber actions inside the US, though it specifies that no such domestic operations can be conducted without the prior order of the president, except in cases of emergency.
I'm guessing we're still going to be seeing a lot more big leaks in the near future....