Top lawyer for U.S. cyberwarriors calls for military cyber response to global criminal hackers
A leading US cybercriminal lawyer has publicly called for military operations against cybercriminal APT groups. Lt. Col. of the Marine Corps and General Counsel of the US Cyber Command Kurt Sanger, in an article on the Lawfare website, argues that problems with ransomware operators and other hackers have become extremely dangerous to national security.
“In ideal conditions, law enforcement agencies will fight any type of criminal activity, but in cyberspace, ideal conditions rarely prevail. International crimes of varying scale and sophistication can surpass the ability of US federal law enforcement agencies to take immediate action, ”explained the lieutenant colonel.
The article is a response to a post by former White House cyber advisor Jason Healey. As Healy argued, a military cyber operation against hackers should only be considered on the rare occasion that it passes a five-step test requiring the threat to be imminent, extremely dangerous, and linked to the nation-state’s primary adversaries.
According to Sanger, the self-restraint imposed by such a test is not consistent with the nature of cybercrime, the nature of cyberspace goals, and the threats that cybercrime poses to the nation and its interests. Such restraint may be “exactly what the opponents of the United States hope for when they commit offenses.”
According to cyber experts, retaliatory operations could be undertaken against, for example, the extortionist groups REvil and DarkSide, which have recently caused serious damage to companies and organizations in the United States.
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