Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Threat Intelligence

9/21/2018
11:30 AM
100%
0%

US Approves Cyber Weapons Against Foreign Enemies

The White House is changing the rules on its use of digital weapons to fight adversaries targeting US networks.

The Trump administration has authorized the use of "offensive cyber operations" against foreign enemies, officials confirmed in a news briefing this week.

Its announcement aligns with a new, broader policy to relax the rules governing US use of cyber weapons to deter adversaries. The White House is worried about foreign governments targeting US networks, specifically around the November elections. Its latest strategy includes a presidential instruction that replaced a previous order from the Obama administration.

Now, the US military and government agencies can use cyber operations to protect the nation's systems and networks. National security advisor John Bolton, who confirmed the strategy this week, did not share the specifics of these operations or the attacks they are meant to deter.

Overall, the presidential directive allows the military to use tactics that fall below the "use of force" or those that would lead to "death, destruction or significant economic impacts," according to a Washington Post report. The government's strategy is very similar to the Obama administration's national cybersecurity action plan, which was introduced in 2016.

While some officials don't believe the new strategy is forceful enough, it does follow a series of cybersecurity-related efforts from the government this week. The Pentagon released a new strategy this week highlighting Russia and China as top US adversaries.

Read more details here.

 

Black Hat Europe returns to London Dec 3-6 2018  with hands-on technical Trainings, cutting-edge Briefings, Arsenal open-source tool demonstrations, top-tier security solutions and service providers in the Business Hall. Click for information on the conference and to register.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
9/24/2018 | 11:02:38 AM
Unimpeded Attempts
I'm in favor of utilizing cyber weapons against nefarious actors that are threatening the facets represented in the article. I'm a firm believer in defense not being enough in these scenarios, instead if you attack your attacker it forces them to react instead of allowing them time to re-adjust their tactics when you are constantly defending from their bombardment. 
jcavery
50%
50%
jcavery,
User Rank: Moderator
9/26/2018 | 11:00:12 AM
Re: Unimpeded Attempts
As long as your attribution methods are rock-solid and you're attacking the right enemy, I agree. But I think we need better tools for attribution and identifying attackers before we get more aggressive in regard to cyber weapons.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 11/19/2020
New Proposed DNS Security Features Released
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  11/19/2020
How to Identify Cobalt Strike on Your Network
Zohar Buber, Security Analyst,  11/18/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: A GONG is as good as a cyber attack.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-25660
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
A flaw was found in the Cephx authentication protocol in versions before 15.2.6 and before 14.2.14, where it does not verify Ceph clients correctly and is then vulnerable to replay attacks in Nautilus. This flaw allows an attacker with access to the Ceph cluster network to authenticate with the Ceph...
CVE-2020-25688
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
A flaw was found in rhacm versions before 2.0.5 and before 2.1.0. Two internal service APIs were incorrectly provisioned using a test certificate from the source repository. This would result in all installations using the same certificates. If an attacker could observe network traffic internal to a...
CVE-2020-25696
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
A flaw was found in the psql interactive terminal of PostgreSQL in versions before 13.1, before 12.5, before 11.10, before 10.15, before 9.6.20 and before 9.5.24. If an interactive psql session uses \gset when querying a compromised server, the attacker can execute arbitrary code as the operating sy...
CVE-2020-26229
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
TYPO3 is an open source PHP based web content management system. In TYPO3 from version 10.4.0, and before version 10.4.10, RSS widgets are susceptible to XML external entity processing. This vulnerability is reasonable, but is theoretical - it was not possible to actually reproduce the vulnerability...
CVE-2020-28984
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-23
prive/formulaires/configurer_preferences.php in SPIP before 3.2.8 does not properly validate the couleur, display, display_navigation, display_outils, imessage, and spip_ecran parameters.