How far can foreign hackers go before Pentagon has to blow someone up?

First cyberspace rules of engagement lay out area to be protected, potential for violent countermeasures

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The final point was one the Pentagon has made before, though: If the U.S. is attacked through the Internet to a serious enough degree, the Pentagon wants to reserve the right to attack the enemy's meatspace, not just its firewalls.

"When warranted, we will respond to hostile attacks in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country," the report read. "We reserve the right to use all necessary means - diplomatic, informational, military and economic - to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests."

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