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Pentagon Readying Framework for Cyber Battle

The Pentagon that is also referred to as the United States Defense Department is nearly ready with a draft strategy to carry out a cyber battle, which lays down an elaborate White House policy for personnel issuing commands to the military with the policy drawing an equivalence between cyber assaults and armed attacks against the country, published Bloomberg .com in news on May 31, 2011.

Worryingly, the departments of the US government get some 20,000 spam mails every month of which 1,000 are intentionally aimed at them. Besides several assaults have occurred during the past few months that targeted other sensitive sections.

Earlier during 2008, a cyber assault hit the Pentagon itself when it involved a PC virus of international prominence that disseminated quickly across several military networks.

One more instance, which has prompted America towards launching a cyber-weapon relates to the Stuxnet virus after it stopped the activities of a nuclear plant in Iran during 2010. Although US authorities haven't admitted developing the virus, several specialists state that US specialists do have certain involvement.

And as far as the latest strategy is concerned, a cyber-weapon like the Stuxnet could only be used when the President endorsed of the same despite its use at the time of hostilities, stated officers in the defense. Nevertheless, that use must be in proportion with the threat rather than imposing excessive collateral destruction as well as it should not lead to civilian casualties. Washingtonpost.com reported this on June 1, 2011.

Meanwhile, the arrival of the latest strategy coincides with the Pentagon making ready an online framework, which concentrates greatly on defense, according to the defense authorities. Reportedly, it neither declares the constituents of a war action nor the utilization of force across a specific area on the Internet. Rather it tries clarifying that the U.S needn't react to an online assault in kind; however, the nation may respond in traditional style that must be proportional.

Yet, one other American officer admitted that the U.S was proactively building and enforcing cyber-capabilities to refuse alternatively delay a probable opponent in utilizing its PCs for striking USA.

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