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Obama Declares Global Cyberwar

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The Wall Street Journal said Google, Microsoft and Amazon are competing to control cloud computing business.

The Christian Science Monitor said preemptive cyberwar entered America's arsenal. It "nugded up along side other" approved tactics and techniques.

New policies govern how intelligence agencies work. They've been unrestrained before. They'll have greater powers now. 

The New York Times said they'll be able to "carry out searches of faraway computer networks for signs of potential attacks on the United States and, if the president approves, attack adversaries by injecting them with destructive code - even if there is no declared war."

Rules of engagement are classified. Effectively there are none. Cyber-warriors are freewheeling. They're unrestrained. 

They'll operate anywhere globally. China is a target of choice. It's America's main economic and geopolitical competitor.

An unnamed US official said new cyberwar strategy is "far more aggressive than anything" used or recommended before. The gloves are off. Anything goes.

Major disruptions can occur without firing a shot. Military and/or civilian power grids can be crippled. So can financial systems and communications networks.

Another unnamed US official said cyberweapons are so powerful that "they should be unleashed only by" presidential order. Exceptions would be tactical strikes. 

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