An Act of War?

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    North Korea is suspected of launching a cyber attack that paralysed the websites of South Korean and United States government agencies, banks and businesses, the first such large-scale attack attempted by the isolated communist state.

    The attack came as Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader, made a rare appearance at a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of his father, the founding president, Kim Il Sung.

    The younger Mr Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke last August and dropped from view completely for several months.

    South Korea’s intelligence agency has reportedly told members of parliament that it believes North Korea is behind the attack, which hit 25 websites on Tuesday evening, shutting some of them down for up to four hours.
    North Korea 'launches massive cyber attack on Seoul' - Times Online


    It's about time as a nation we simply send a STRONG message to this regime. This is in a lot of ways an act of war on the part of North Korea should it be found out that they have been behind it. Our president and I doubt seriously that it will come to pass , should bring all US cyber assets into play against the N. Korean Govt. and shut that country down. It's high time this regime that exports deadly technology the world over and thumbs it nose at every sanction ever imposed on it be sent a message that it will CLEARLY understand.
     
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    the wimp in the WH will ignore it. :razz:
     
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    Good morning Navy:)

    Legally, how is "an Act of War" defined?

    Second, shouldn't the businesses that were attacked be spending their own private money to protect themselves against an attack of this sort?

    Third, if our government goes after all of north korea cyberly on attack would this open the door for all governments and people around the world to feel it is A-OK to attack another cyber wise....?

    Our best offense in this situation is a good Defense, imo.

    care
     
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    In the U.S. Army's Cyber Operations and Cyber Terrorism Handbook 1.02 I found the following reference to the definition of Cyber Warfare & Terrorism: "the premeditated use of disruptive activities, or the threat thereof, against computers and/or networks, with the intention to cause harm or to further social, ideological, religious, political or similar objectives or to intimidate any person in furtherance of such objectives." This was an excerpt from an article I wrote back in 2003 when the issue of cyber war was in its infancy. While this frames acts of cyber war, in retrospect it does not address a measure of the disruptive acts or provide guidance assess if individual acts, or a collection of acts rise to the level to be considered an act of cyber war.

    Defense Tech: What Constitutes an Act of Cyber War?

    While im sure we will run to the UN again and try for more sanctions, this recent attack is a big step over the line by the North Koreans and it needs to be addressed swiftly and STRONGLY and not with words meant to appease them.
     
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    Good Morning Care , I encourage you to look at what was attacked, mostly Govt. sites with the exception of perhaps the Washington Post, etc. and in South Korea, it was largely an attack on Govt. systems. I would encourage our Govt. to shut the North Korean Govt. down at the very least to send a signal that this type of activity will not be tolerated, rather than engaging in further threats of sanctions that clearly do not work.
     
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    Keep the troops home. Use Norton.
     
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    I believe they have the technology to do this. If cyber attacks are the new way to wage war it sure beats our soldiers being bloodied.
     
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    Must Gin up support for another useless war.....

    Oh wait, the Neocons aren't in power anymore.

    Or are they?

    We shall see.
     
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    like I said, the wimp in the WH will ignore it. no freaking backbone!
     

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