The U.S. Prepares For Cyber War

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS-Pawel Kopczynski

Obama Orders US To Draw Up Overseas Target List For Cyber-Attacks -- The Guardian

Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to 'advance US objectives around the world'

Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals.

The 18-page Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued in October last year but never published, states that what it calls Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO) "can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance US national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging".

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Update: Obama draws up plans for cyber attacks on China as he meets leader in California -- Daily Mail

My Comment: Max Fisher from the Washington Post has a good analysis on President Obama's emerging cyberwar doctrine here.

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