Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jason Ditz — NATO Chief: Alliance May Respond to Cyber Attacks With Conventional Warfare

Just days after NATO declared “cyberspace” a formal military zone, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that major cyber attacks might now be classified as a “case for the alliance” which NATO as a whole would respond to militarily, with conventional warfare.
Though Stoltenberg insisted doing so would depend heavily on the severity of the attacks, he said to establishment of cyberspace as a military zone meant NATO would react to attacks there the same as attacks in air, sea, land, or space.
In theory, this would mean that NATO member nations could invoke Article 4 of the alliance, obliging meetings to discuss mutual military defense if a member nation is “attacked,” simply on the grounds of them being hacked.
Of particular concern in the case of cyberattacks is how rarely it is readily apparent who the culprit it. The US tends to blame China or Russia in the media for cyberattacks against American targets, but rarely offers any evidence to defend those assertions….
The crazy escalates.

NATO Chief: Alliance May Respond to Cyber Attacks With Conventional Warfare

Kerry speaks loudly but these days the only army likely to fight for him is Jabhat al-Nusra
Jabhat al-Nusra is the Al Qaeda affiliate that the US is supporting as moderates and which Russia is in the process of destroying from the air.

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Michael Norman said...

But when they launch economic attacks intended to cripple the Russian economy, that's okay.

Andrew Anderson said...

Have they never heard:

Sticks and stones
may break my bones
but bits-bytes-words will
never harm me.

And what about air-gapping or their own secure networks not connected to the WWW?

This is past absurd.

Bob said...

Oh, is the ceasefire officially over now?

Tom Hickey said...

There never was a cease-fire on terrorists. The US is fighting ISIS in Syria as are the Russians and Syrian armed forces.

The US is claiming that the folks it is backing in Aleppo are not terrorists but "moderates." Russia has called BS on that since they are continuing to fight in spite of the cease fire.

Tom Hickey said...

To understand the situation in Syria, it's necessary to understand that the US committed to the removal of the secular Assad regime and replacing it with a Wahhabi government friendly and controlled by Saudi Arabia.

Al Qaeda you say? The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

As usual the US backing slime balls it figures it can control while calling them freedom fighters spreading democracy and peace.

Bob said...

You say tomato, I say potato. There never was a ceasefire because there were no moderates.