NATO says cyberattack could trigger military response

by The Daily Lede

A large scale cyberattack on any NATO member(s) is now considered an attack on the entire US-led alliance and could trigger a military response.

The decision was agreed upon by NATO leaders Friday at the annual Summit taking place in Wales citing that new threats can disable critical infrastructure, financial systems and government without firing a shot.

“Today we declare that cyber defense is part of NATO’s core task of collective defense,” said UN Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a press conference.

A cyberattack paralyzed much of Estonia, a member of the NATO alliance, in 2007 after a dispute arose over a Soviet-era war memorial. Most believe the Kremlin was responsible for the attack but Russia has denied having any involvement.