Jason Healey provides well-reasoned context on what the US should do about the DNC hacks in an opinion piece in Passcode titled “DNC hack requires swift, forceful response from Washington.”
Jason is perhaps the first in history to have examined this potential threat of cyber attacks designed to influence a populace. I recall learning from him on this subject throughout the spring and summer of 1999 as we stood up DoD’s cyber intelligence capabilities and now consider him to be the most studied/reasoned commenter on the topic of strategic cyber conflict/security.
In this article he clearly articulates what is at stake here. Our democracy is under attack. He then logically lays out the need for strategic moves that include:
- Building consensus that our responses are about policy, not politics
- Being firm in our response
- Involving other democracies, especially Germany and France since elections are near
- Start an emergency effort to secure US electoral systems before voting day, as there are far scarier and more direct ways to tamper with voting
He concludes with:
If anything, the DNC email breach reveals that hackers are now able to infiltrate and attack our constitutional government. For all of us who have ever pledged to protect the Constitution, it’s time for unity against this threat whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.
This attack makes previous ones such as the Office of Personnel Management breach carried out by China or North Korea’s assault on Sony Pictures seem like mosquito bites. This one is a bear attack. And because of that, Washington’s response must be swift and forceful.
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