Dis­rup­tion weapons

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

The In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum on Oct. 1 opened its new­est exhibit on cy­ber spy­ing and cy­ber­war­fare called “Weapons of Mass Dis­rup­tion.”

It fea­tures Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Den­nis Blair ar­gu­ing for of­fen­sive cy­ber at­tack ca­pa­bil­i­ties against for­eign states, crim­i­nals, hack­ers and oth­ers who could cause dev­as­tat­ing dam­age to the United States and the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem by tar­get­ing sys­tems and dis­rupt­ing or shut­ting them down.

“In the real world of re­ally skilled hack­ing and com­puter at­tacks, sim­ple de­fenses are not enough,” Mr. Blair states in a video pre­sen­ta­tion that is the cen­tral part of the exhibit. “We have to have an of­fen­sive com­po­nent.”

The video also in­cludes sev­eral spe­cial­ists and for­mer in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials.

For­mer DNI Mike McCon­nell, who also headed the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency, is quoted in the video as say­ing that U.S. cy­ber se­cu­rity and cy­ber war­fare ef­forts have been frag­mented but that a $17 bil­lion plan un­der the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion

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