Carter is wary of cy­ber­at­tacks

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

NATO must im­prove its abil­ity to de­fend it­self against cy­ber­at­tacks be­fore it tries to build its of­fen­sive cy­ber­war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties, U. S. De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter told al­liance lead­ers in Brus­sels.

Carter’s mes­sage runs counter to some ex­perts and lead­ers who be­lieve the North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion should be­gin to de­velop cy­ber­weapons to de­ter op­po­nents in the 21st cen­tury.

Se­nior de­fense of­fi­cials said cy­ber­se­cu­rity was one theme of Carter’s re­marks to the al­lies and to de­fense min­is­ters he’s met with in re­cent days.

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