Donald Trump reverses the Barack Obama era Cyber Attack rules

US President Donald Trump has decided to reverse the cyber attack rules of the Obama era. A decision on this was taken last month and on Wednesday this week, an order reversing the rules was signed by the 45th president.

Known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, the order drafted and implemented during the era of the former US president directed certain rules which had to be followed before launching retaliated cyber attacks against adversaries.

The policy was meant to be a white house secret which was leaked to the public in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden who spilled a ton of beans on the order signed by Obama in 2012.

Currently, nothing is clear on what will follow after Trump decided to replace the Obama directive.

But an anonymous source from DHS reporting to Wall Street Journal said that new penalties will see light in coming days allowing stronger response against adversaries intends to cause damage to US Critical Infrastructure.

Note 1- In recent times, Russia has tried its best to penetrate into American Electric Utility and there is already enough evidence with FBI and CIA that the Vladimir Putin led nation interfered in the US Elections 2016.

Note 2- As per the previous policy during the Obama era, US law enforcement agencies needed to gain approval for offensive operations against adversaries conducting digital espionage on United State’s Critical Infra.

Note 3- A former US Official who worked on Cybersecurity related issues earlier during the Obama administration says that Trump might grant the military the authority to conduct digital invasions from now on. And if it remains unchecked by some senior officials, it could lead to vicious repercussions where the populace of the United States will suffer.

Note 4- Since Jan 2017 Trump has faced a lot of criticism when it comes to the National Security of America. This has progressed to such an extent that any decision taken by the current president is being criticized and applauded in equal proportions.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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