U.S. Almost Cyberattacked Libya

    A revolutionary forces commander, Wajdi Badri, right, stands next to a pre-Gadhafi flag as he celebrates the new take over of the western main square in Sirte, Libya, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Fighters started on a mission this morning to re-enter the main western square. Revolutionary forces also cleared 1st of September avenue, leading out of the square, from snipers and are now pushing in from the west, 2 kilometers down the road. The general commanding NATO's mission in Libya said Thursday that isolated groups of forces loyal to ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi continue to be a threat to local people but are unable to coordinate their actions.(AP Photo/Gaia Anderson)

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    The American war in Libya could have been cyber. Before initiating airstrikes, the Obama administration considered attacking Gaddafi’s defense system from within the government’s computer networks. The plan, which would have ideally prevented Libyan missiles from attacking NATO planes was shelved, though, because of the administration’s concerns that such actions would encourage similar behavior by other countries such as China or Russia. The constitutionality of pursuing such an attack without Congress’ approval was also called into question. The U.S. continues to debate what might be the right time and situation for a cyberattack. The news comes as the Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid nears collapse.

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