White House Offers Insight on Use of Cyber Weapons

In a rare insight into the government’s thinking on the use of cyberweapons, the White House published a series of questions it asks in deciding when to make public the discovery of major flaws in computer security or whether to keep them secret so that American intelligence agencies can use them to enable surveillance or an attack. The item was posted by Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, and appeared to be distilled from a far more detailed classified document giving guidance to the National Security Agency, the FBI and others who often exploit flaws in Internet security.