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Submission + - NATO Set to Equate 'Cyberattacks' with Global Warfare (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the New York Times, the 28 member States are expected to ratify "a far-reaching change in the organization’s mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.”

A former NATO ambassador describes NATO's technological capability as "pretty basic" and suggests any counter-cyberattacks would likely be lodged by member states (meaning the US and maybe Britain). He opines, "It's a measure of how far we've come on this issue that there's now a consensus that a cyberattack could be as devastating as any other kind of attack, maybe even more so."

Helpfully, the agreement avoids defining what sort of 'cyberattack' would warrant an armed response. The Times describes the agreement as "deliberately unclear."

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NATO Set to Equate 'Cyberattacks' with Global Warfare

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