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June 3, 2011 > Cybersecurity Summit

Cybersecurity Summit

By Paisley Dodds, Associated Press

LONDON (AP), Jun 01 - America's new cyber czar said Wednesday that international law and cooperation - not another treaty - was enough to tackle cybersecurity issues for now.

Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues for the U.S. State Department, declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that said the Pentagon was considering a policy that could classify some cyberattacks as acts of war. He said the report was based on material that had either not been released or discussed yet.

He did, however, say that U.S. President Barack Obama's recent cybersecurity strategy covered a myriad of different aspects, ranging from international freedoms to governance issues and challenges facing the military.

``We don't need a new treaty,'' he told The Associated Press as he arrived for an international cybersecurity summit in London. ``We need a discussion around the norms that are in cyberspace, what the rules of the road are and we need to build a consensus around those topics.''

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