Cyber Command official says agency has capacity to disrupt critical infrastructure

The director of intelligence at U.S. Cyber Command said the command has the capacity to significantly damage a country’s infrastructure if necessary.

Rear Adm. Samuel Cox said such an attack would only come after officials at the highest levels of government approved the operation because there would be a risk of collateral damage, the Associated Press reported.

Cox also said the “resiliency and redundancy” built into the a nation’s power grid and internet infrastructure would make it difficult to knock them completely offline.

Online Chat: DJ Kachman, the Veterans Affairs Department’s director of mobile and security technology transformation lead, on April 10, at 1 p.m.