Hold it… It could be interpreted as an act of war.

J. Michael McConnell, a senior vice president at consulting firm Booz Allen, regarding a canceled 2010 deal to develop a cyber-center in Qatar, after learning that the country sought US personnel “potentially to carry out attacks on regional adversaries,” the Washington Post reports.

The implications of getting too enmeshed in the cyber-safety of other nations is especially relevant now, as Gulf countries seek help from American experts on ramping up their security, the Post states.

Just months ago, Qatar and Saudi Arabia experienced virus attacks that the US blames on Iran.

But even if such countries are willing to pay “quite a lot of money” to go on the offensive, international contracts should be brokered carefully, defense officials said.

It’s a sensitive thing for a company to go down the path of training for offense, even with approval,” said (former national security official Benjamin) Powell. “You’re closer to the pointy end of the spear.”

Thoughts?

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