CYBERWAR/OBAMA ADMIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday [8-15-18] to loosen limits on when the U.S. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Trump signed an order reversing Presidential Policy Directive 20 that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process before the United States engaged in cyberattacks, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the action. The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Although the policy directive signed by former President Barack Obama was classified, its contents were made public when it was leaked in 2013 by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the Journal said. It was not clear what rules the Trump administration was adopting to replace the Obama-era policy, the Journal said. It said while a number of current U.S. officials confirmed the directive had been reversed, they declined to comment further, citing the classified nature of the process.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump loosens limits on when U.S. can deploy cyber weapons: WSJ,” Reuters, August 15, 2018 6:34 pm