US Acknowledges Cyber Warfare in Afghanistan

At the TechNet Land Forces conference in Baltimore, Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills recently acknowledged American use of cyber attacks in Afghanistan.

“I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said, according to the Washington Post. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.”

“While reports of cyber-attacks have been shared with the press in the past, such as the development and use of the Stuxnet virus against Iran reported by the NY Times, these reports usually depended on anonymous sources,” writes Technorati’s Craig Blaha. “Mills was in charge of International forces in Afghanistan from 2010 – 2011.”

“While Mills didn’t go into detail of the nature of cyber operations, a cyber security analyst told the AP it was the first time he had heard a commander so directly acknowledge a cyber attack,” writes The Macon Telegraph’s Wayne Crenshaw.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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