A top military officer warned Wednesday of the “substantial” and complex threat to the United States of cyber attack, and the potential for withering impact, according to CNN.
“We’ve got to come to a place where those threats are diminished, if not eliminated,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. “I would never go in, certainly in any area of warfare, into details on threats except to say they are substantial. We are focused on them.”
Mullen said cyberspace, like outer space, is a lawless domain, without rules and “no boundaries, it happens with the speed of light,” CNN reported.
The U.S. Cyber Command did not become operational until late last year. The first chief of that command, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, was confirmed in May. The general has warned that Department of Defense computers are attacked 250,000 a day. And Google has reported falling prey to cyber attacks originating in China, something a cable released by WikiLeaks confirmed.
However, Mullen said China is not the only potential enemy, although a threat from there is “significant.”
“There are other threats out there that we see routinely. . . it is an enormously complex and critical area that all of us need to understand a lot better and do a lot more about,” he said.