Herald Sun
June 22, 2011

Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far US military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.

Defence officials and cyber security experts said the orders detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyber assault on an enemy.

They said the orders weave cyber capabilities into the war fighting strategy.

The orders, signed more than a month ago, cap a two-year Pentagon effort to draft US rules of the road for cyber warfare, and come as the country begins to work with allies on global ground rules.

Officials said the guidelines are much like those that govern the use of other weapons of war.

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