After the Director of National Intelligence and Department of Homeland Security publicly blamed Russia for stealing and publishing archived emails from the Democratic National Committee on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that President Obama will consider a “proportional” response. ABC News reports: “We obviously will ensure that a U.S. response is proportional. It is unlikely that our response would be announced in advanced. It’s certainly possible that the president could choose response options that we never announce, ” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. “The president has talked before about the significant capabilities that the U.S. government has to both defend our systems in the United States but also carry out offensive operations in other countries, ” he added. “There are a range of responses that are available to the president and he will consider a response that’s proportional.” The Wall Street Journal report mentions several different ways to response to Russia. The U.S. could impose economic sanctions against Moscow, punish Russia diplomatically, opt to allow the Justice Department to simply prosecute the hacks as a criminal case, and/or launch a U.S. cyberattack targeting Russia’s election process. Of course, each response has its pros and cons. “They could escalate into a more adversarial conflict between both countries, ” writes Carol E. Lee for the Wall Street Journal. “But the absence of a response could signal that such behavior will be tolerated in the future.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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White House Vows ‘Proportional’ Response For Russian DNC Hack