Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Clinton has vowed to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States.

She’s openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins while Donald Trump wondered if overseas governments or overweight hackers at home were responsible.

Clinton has raised eyebrows among some cybersecurity experts with hawkish language on the campaign trail about retaliating using political, economic or even military means.

Her remarks are especially unconventional given that she served as Cabinet secretary for the State Department, which is reluctant traditionally to complicate diplomatic efforts with overt conflict.

For the first time, cybersecurity led the national security portion of the presidential debate, demonstrating its political stakes.

The next president will shape 21st-century cyber warfare policies, setting rules on how the U.S. responds to foreign hackers.

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