Last month Marine Gen. James Cartwright told the House Armed Services Committee that the best cyberdefense is a good offense… The general isn’t alone. In 2003, the entertainment industry tried to get a law passed (.pdf) giving it the right to attack any computer suspected of distributing copyright-protected material…. Of course, the general is correct. But his reasoning illustrates
perfectly why peacetime and wartime are different, and why generals
don’t make good police chiefs.
Wired magazine has an interesting article on cyber-attack and possible responses, particularly a wartime and peacetime responses: