General: We Just Might Nuke Those Cyber Attackers

May 13, 2009
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How would the American military respond to an attack on its networks? If we take the commander of U.S. strategic forces at his word, they’d nuke those hackers, if need be.

Speaking to reporters at a press breakfast last week, Gen. Kevin Chilton, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the president retained the option to retaliate with military force in the event of a serious cyber attack against U.S. networks. Global Security Newswire’s Elaine Grossman has the key quote:

“I think you don’t take any response options off the table from an attack on the United States of America,” Chilton said. “Why would we constrain ourselves on how we respond?” (Wired)