A former U.S. Marine Corps cyber security expert said the U.S. is already in a cyber war with Russia.
“Hacking, especially when it comes to different countries, is nothing new. The United States hacks Russia,” David Kennedy said in a video for Business Insider. “Russia hacks the United States. We hack China, China hacks us.
It’s literally a game where we don’t want to impact them because they can impact us and vice versa,” he continues.
“So in the event that Russia decides to launch a cyberattack that directly impacts our economy, or our power grid, or our water treatment facilities, things that we rely on for core day-to-day life.
“We have the exact same foot-holds into their environment and we can do the exact same thing. So right now it’s really a pain game on who wants to withstand the most about of main and who has the most capabilities. So everybody is scared of each other.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Russian actions during the election could be an “act of war,” but according to Kennedy, “we don’t know what classifies a cyber war or what would cause an act of war, right now there’s no definition of that.”
According to CBS News, Cheney said at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in New Delhi: “There’s not any argument at this stage that somehow the election of President Trump was not legitimate, but there’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic processes.
“In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war.”