The new Pentagon Cyber Command is thinking about going on the offensive. The Washington Post reports the command is looking for enough manuvering room to take the fight to the enemy. That could include shutting down enemy networks or hacking in to change code. But senior policymakers and lawyers for the administration aren’t so sure. The CIA says covert operations outside of battle are its responsibility, and the State Department worries about a diplomatic backlash.
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