President Barack Obama issued a subtle warning to Russia on Monday, noting that the United States has “more capacity than anybody, both offensively and defensively” when it comes to cyber weapons.
“But I will tell you that we have had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past,” he added. “And look, we’re moving into a new era here where a number of countries have significant capacities. And frankly we’ve got more capacity than anybody, both offensively and defensively.”
Obama quickly disavowed an intention to start a digital “arms race,” however. “But our goal is not to suddenly in the cyber arena duplicate a cycle of escalation that we saw when it comes to other, you know, arms races in the past,” he said, “but rather to start instituting some norms so that everybody’s acting responsibly.”
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