Report says : US considered cyber war on Libya

Officials in the US Obama administration considered compromising Libya's government computer networks to block early-warning data gathering and missile launches on NATO war planes during the American-led strikes, but decided against it, according to The New York Times.

The report goes on to claim that, while the use of what is believed to be a pre-existing armoury of Trojans, viruses, malware and military hackers was suggested, the cyber-attack was never actually carried out.

The attack would have tried to disrupt Libya's early-warning radar system and thus cripple the North African country's ability to fire back at attacking NATO aircraft.But the Obama administration and the Pentagon chose instead to mount a conventional attack, partly because an American cyberattack might have set a dangerous precedent, and Libya might not have been worth the risk.

In the end, American officials rejected cyberwarfare and used conventional aircraft, cruise missiles and drones to strike the Libyan air-defense missiles and radars used by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government.This previously undisclosed debate among a small circle of advisers demonstrates that cyberoffensives are a growing form of warfare. The question the United States faces is whether and when to cross the threshold into overt cyberattacks.

A senior Defense Department official said: "They were seriously considered because they could cripple Libya's air defense and lower the risk to pilots, but it just didn't pan out."

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to post a comment! 

Subscribe to Saint Andrew's Paradise
Liked this post?

Subscribe to "Saint Andrew's Paradise" and get all new tricks, tools and regular updates to your inbox!


Share your views...

0 Respones to "Report says : US considered cyber war on Libya"

Post a Comment


About Me

Saint Andrew is a computer science student. Saint Andrew is a founder of the blog Saint Andrew's Hacking Paradise.

His mission and the aim of this blog is to make the reader aware of the existing threats and describe them in comprehensible way.

"Saint Andrew's Hacking Paradise" is a place to Learn, Understand and Explore the facts of computer technology.

You are always welcome to contact us to suggest ideas, tips, or to ask questions.

© 2011 Saint Andrew's Hacking Paradise

This blog run on iThesis Theme & hosted by Blogger