Michele Bachmann: Nuke the Internet

Michele Bachmann (R-Mars) thinks the best way for the United States to respond to a cyber attack would be to nuke somebody.

“If in fact there is a nation who is compliant with all of the rules ahead of time and they’ve complied with the United Nations on nuclear proliferation, if they fire against the United States a biological weapon, a chemical weapon or maybe a cyber attack, well then we aren’t going to be firing back with nuclear weapons,” Bachmann said. “Doesn’t that make us all feel safe?”

“No!” shouted the crowd of thousands in Minneapolis.

In most cyber attacks, it’s difficult to impossible to determine where the attack originated. Many cyber attacks are perpetrated by distributed networks called “botnets,” consisting of thousands of computers infected with viruses that let them be used without the owner’s knowledge. Who the hell does Bachmann think she’s going to nuke?

If Michele Bachmann’s computer was part of a botnet that launched a cyber attack against American networks, would she nuke herself?

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