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Military official says use of cyber weapons requires approval from top levels of US government
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A senior U.S. military official says the United States would use cyber weapons against an adversary's computer networks only after officials at the highest levels of government approved of the operation.
Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, director of intelligence at U.S. Cyber Command, said Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in Arlington, Va., that cyberattacks can do significant damage to a country's infrastructure and should never be carried out in a cavalier manner. Offensive cyber operations are difficult to conduct with precision to avoid collateral damage and casualties, he said.
Cox also downplayed the prospect that an enemy of the United States could completely disable the nation's electric power grid or shut down the Internet because these systems are designed to withstand severe cyberattacks.