Just this week, President Obama issued a new directive to better coordinate the U.S. response to major cyber attacks. However, the U.S. hasn’t defined its policy towards cyber war, and whether it would lead to retaliation.
It could soon find itself in that very position. Speculation is building that Russian hackers may have breached the Democratic National Committee as a way to influence the outcome of the U.S. election.
The FBI is still investigating the incident, but stolen documents have been leaked to the public and could undermine support for Clinton.
Whatever the FBI concludes, the U.S. still needs to prevent cyberspies from stealing critical information, O'Neill said.
Trump has yet to outline his policies on cybersecurity, and comments like the one about Russia do little to inspire confidence, Harvey said.
“To hack another U.S. citizen, regardless if it’s a political candidate or a private citizen, I think that crosses a line,” he said.
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