In a move with no publicity and reportedly little input from the White House, the Pentagon has allegedly approved the U.S. Cyber Command to perform offensive cyberattacks.
The Pentagon approved the use of daily and constant offensive cyberattacks in the spring of this year, according to the original report by The New York Times. The offensive cyberattacks would aim to take pre-emptive action against malicious actors before damage could be done to the U.S. The planned actions would fall “short of war,” although experts have previously argued there may not be a consensus definition of what constitutes an act of cyberwar.
Read more about the reported Pentagon approval of the use of offensive cyberattacks by the U.S. Cyber Command, which might lead to private U.S. enterprises coming on the receiving end of the “return fire,” on TechTarget.