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CIS 608 - Information Security Management

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Post 010 - CIS 608

The U.S. and Offensive Cyberwar capabilities

To go on the offensive is called in legal terms, "going outside of Title 10", referring to the U.S. Code. So if a school is going to teach offensive cyberwarfare techniques, they should also teach about the legal implications of going outside of Title 10, because even the best cyber vigilantes can easily run afoul of U.S. Federal Laws such as Title 10 unless they have legally been given an authorization such as a secret executive order to operate outside the bounds of Title 10 of the U.S. Code.

Here's some interesting references about the U.S. and Offensive Cyberwar capabilities.


Emptywheel. (2011). Hiding our Cyberwar from Congress. An electronic analysis of Michael Viker's testimony before a congressional subcommittee. Retrieved from the web at on September 10, 2011.

Emptywheel. (2011). Congress to DOD: You Must Start Briefing Us on (Some) Cyberwar Now. An electronic analysis of Robert Chesney's notes that the HASC Mark on the Defense Authorization bill includes a section on cyberwar. Retrieved from the web at on September 10, 2011.

Wilson, C. (2007). Information Operations, Electronic Warfare, and Cyberwar: Capabilities and Related Policy Issues. A report prepared for Congress. Retrieved from the web at on September 10, 2011.

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