Special Forces to Take out Cyber Threats?

Interesting article from the Huffington Post last week. Josh Rushing, former Marine Corp Captain, and currently a reported for Al-Jazeera, sat down and interviewed Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security. In the interview Rushing asked Chertoff if he could see the US responding with physical force to a cyber threat:

“Sure, that’s not out of the question. Imagine that country A attacks and seriously affects our systems. And in order to remove the servers, first we go to the country and say you’ve got to shut down this server and the country either says we can’t or we won’t, or we don’t have the ability to do so.

Now then we’d have to decide how do we shut down the server? Do we do it virtually, by going back over the network? Would it be easier to send a group of special forces in an blow the server up? And again because we haven’t really laid out what our doctrine is, there’s uncertainty on both sides about how far we would go. And that creates a certain instability in the system.”

Read more about the interview at the Huffington Post or watch the interview above from Josh Rushing’s “Fault Line” TV show. The views in “Fault Line” do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog.

~ by D. Dieterle on April 28, 2010.

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