U.S. Needs to Be More Aggressive in Cyberspace

November 1, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The United States should start pursuing some of the people who are hacking into U.S. systems and stealing intellectual property, said the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.), told the audience at the opening keynote address for TechNet Asia-Pacific 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii, that going after cybermarauders may be the only way to reduce their activities. The admiral called for a "thorough review of our nation's policy" with an eye toward taking action against cyberintruders. Saying it's time to "let the Genie out of the bottle," Adm. Keating said it was time to take down some of the people "who are persistent in getting into our programs." By going on the offensive, the United States may have some effect on cyberintruders, he offered.

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