Wednesday, October 19, 2011

.NYTimes reports: `U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya`.

Here is an interesting report of US supposedly considering using cyber-attack but then not doing it, among other reasons for concern of it being a precedent:

NYTimes reports: `U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya`.
By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER, Published: October 17, 2011 

from the article: ....[The] exact techniques under consideration remain classified, the goal would have been to break through the firewalls of the Libyan government’s computer networks to sever military communications links and prevent the early-warning radars from gathering information and relaying it to missile batteries aiming at NATO warplanes.

But administration officials and even some military officers balked, fearing that it might set a precedent for other nations, in particular Russia or China, to carry out such offensives of their own, and questioning whether the attack could be mounted on such short notice. They were also unable to resolve whether the president had the power to proceed with such an attack without informing Congress.

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