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US military given more authority to launch first-strike cyberattacks

US military given more authority to launch first-strike cyberattacks | 18 Sept 2018 | The US military is taking a more aggressive stance against foreign government hackers who are targeting the US and is being granted more authority to launch preventative first-strike cyberstrikes, according to a summary of the Department of Defense's new Cyber Strategy. The Pentagon is referring to the new stance as "defend forward," and the strategy will allow the US military "to disrupt or halt malicious cyber activity at its source, including activity that falls below the level of armed conflict." The new military strategy, signed by Defense Secretary James Mattis, also emphasizes an intention to "build a more lethal force" of first-strike hackers.