Monday, October 29, 2012

When is a cyberattack an act of war?

When is a cyberattack an act of war?
 On the night of Oct. 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stood inside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, housed in a former aircraft carrier moored at a New York City pier, and let an audience of business executives in on one of the most important conversations inside the U.S. government.

He warned of a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” evoking one of the most tragic moments in American history, when Japanese bombers unleashed a devastating surprise attack on a U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, killing 2,402 Americans and wounding 1,282 more. 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy” as he asked Congress for a declaration of war.

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