New military strategy will allow US to respond to cyber threats with nuclear attack

16.08.2019, Moscow.

The US are developing a new strategy for legitimizing its allegations against countries carrying out cyber attacks, stated Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Oleg Khramov on August 14 in an interview to Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

The new strategy on revealing that other countries have carried out cyber attacks is called Naming and Shaming, said Khramov.

“They insist that a group of countries can unilaterally reach a guilty verdict on carrying out a cyber attack,” said the deputy secretary. The US is planning to use the so-called “collective attribution” principle, which implies a collective identification of the attack’s source, noted Khramov.

It is impossible to assess the reliability of such conclusions because the technology of the actions proposed has not been disclosed anywhere, emphasized the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

In this situation, the existing political context would become the main reason for “finding” the guilty, and the argumentation will be reduced to the thesis of “highly likely”, suggested Khramov.

According to the Deputy Secretary, the point of having such a strategy is that any state can be declared guilty in the event of a cyber incident. Then any action can be taken against such a state in the context of the right for self-defense enshrined in the UN Charter. And, it can be any type of action, including military operations and the use of nuclear weapons, noted Khramov.

The US has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in elections in order to support Donald Trump. A special commission was set up to investigate these allegations under the direction of Special Prosecutor Robert Muller. Ultimately, however, the commission has not presented any evidence of the allegations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that there is a need to develop uniform rules for ensuring security in cyberspace. For example, the President of the Russian Federation announced that he suggested starting a dialogue on this issue with the US during the “Direct Line” with Vladimir Putin. However, President Barack Obama could not find time to do anything on this issue, and negotiations have failed to progress with the current administration.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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