U.S. Almost Cyberattacked Libya

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.