Offensive Cyber Security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was in Washington testifying on the Pentagon’s budget before jetting off to Silicon Valley to talk innovation with tech business leaders about Offensive Cyber Security, but whether he’s on the East Coast or the West Coast there’s one issue that every audience is asking about: offensive cyber.

“Cyber can be a tool that we can use against our enemies,” he said before the committee.

At the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, Carter added, “It is the kind of thing we’ve done in electronic warfare over the radio spectrum for decades and decades.”

It surprises no one that the U.S. government is using cyber as a tool for war. What was surprising was that the Pentagon publicly acknowledged it is waging active cyber campaigns against its adversaries.

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