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As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century. Mutually assured destruction, better known as MAD – the doctrine that a nuclear attack would be met with an equally devastating counterstrike – helped prevent the U.S. and the Soviet Union from using the massive arsenals they each amassed during four decades of armed standoff. Today, plans for “cyber deterrence” aim to develop an analogous ability for retaliation...

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