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House Panel Seeks US-Led Guidance on Cyber Warfare Responses

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cyberChairman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Ranking Member Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and their colleagues of the House Intelligence NSA and cybersecurity subcommittee have requested clarification on international laws for cyber warfare.

In a bipartisan letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry and White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the lawmakers said the U.S. needs clear guidance to distinguish and respond to state-sponsored cyber attacks.

“It’s time to create a binding set of international rules to provide that guidance,” the letter stated.

“The U.S. should lead the international community to create clear definitions, norms and enforceable guidelines in this developing arena.”

Lawmakers suggested an “E-Neva Convention” to govern cyber conduct in support of the international community’s efforts to prevent future cyber attacks, particularly from state threat actors.

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