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Report: Administration's Hacking Policy Still a Secret to Congress

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By    |   Friday, 19 July 2019 10:18 AM

The Trump administration is refusing to tell Congress details of its new policy for hacking U.S. digital adversaries, The Washington Post is reporting.

The newspaper said the administration's refusal raises the risks of a misfire that could make cyberspace less secure.

Now, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., wants to force the White House to share the policy.

"As we're having this more forward-leaning strategy, we also have an obligation to promote and preserve stability in cyberspace," Langevin said. "I want to make sure that everyone knows what their responsibilities are and that we're staying in the proper parameters."

The newspaper noted that security experts have praised the administration's push back in cyberspace. And they say other responses such as sanctions haven't done enough.

But the Post reported there are fears it could backfire. The newspaper raised the possibility that hackers could accidentally strike allies' computer networks or do more damage to a target than originally intended.

"We want to make sure we're not creating more of a Wild West than already exists," said Langevin, chairman of the House Armed Services panel.

Langevin and a group of bipartisan lawmakers have stepped up their push for the administration to share its secret policy.

The group sent a letter to Trump in February expressing concern the policy has not been shared with Congress. And last week, a provision was added to the House defense policy bill that would force the administration to release it.

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