Pentagon still grappling with rules of cyberwar

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | July 25, 2012 | 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military leaders say the Pentagon is still grappling with how to write the rules of cyberwarfare, such as when and how to fire back against a computer-based attack.

Four months ago, the military's top cyber warrior predicted the rules would be ironed out in a "month or two" and sent to other federal agencies for discussion. But the complex world of cyberspace, which has no real boundaries and operates at the speed of light, has proven to be a difficult battlefield for the military to map out.

House members say that working out the rules of cyberwar is critical so that the military will be able to respond quickly when U.S. networks are attacked or threatened.