US opted out cyber attack on Gaddafi’s forces fearing Russia, China would follow suit

US opted out cyber attack on Gaddafi’s forces fearing Russia, China would follow suitWashington, Oct 19 : US administration officials and certain military officers had rejected the idea of launching a cyber attack on Libya''s air-defence system days before air strikes hit Gadaffi forces, saying that `cyber capabilities are like the Ferrari that you keep in the garage and only take out for the big race'.

"These cyber capabilities are still like the Ferrari that you keep in the garage and only take out for the big race and not just for a run around town, unless nothing else can get you there," the Daily Mail quoted an Obama administration official, as saying.

They also feared that such a step would allow other countries like Russia or China to follow suit.

They therefore used conventional aircraft, cruise missiles and drones to hit Libya''s air-defence missiles and radar.

"They were seriously considered because they could cripple Libya''s air defense and lower the risk to pilots, but it just didn''t pan out," a senior Defense Department official said. (ANI)