In the new U.S. “International Strategy for Cyberspace” (PDF), it becomes clear that the country is willing to face cyber attacks against the United States or its allies with weapons.

“States have an inherent right to self-defense that may be triggered by certain aggressive acts in cyberspace,” says the new policy.  

The U.S. also believes that the country may need to retaliate even when the hacking is targeted at an allied country.

“Certain hostile acts conducted through cyberspace could compel actions under the commitments we have with our military treaty partners,” says the document. 

“When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would any other threat to our country.”

The United States would like the new strategy to have a preventive effect. Therefore, the country warns hackers against attacking U.S. interests online.

“The United States will ensure that the risks associated with attacking or exploiting our networks vastly outweigh the potential benefits.”

 

(via DagensIT, ars technica)