It took an attack by a nation-state on Hollywood to bring the threat of cyber attacks to the forefront of the Americans’ consciousness, but we have been fighting this war for decades.
Most Americans think of cyber attacks as just threats to their identity and financial information, such as the recent high profile data breaches on Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase. As the Sony attack has proven, though, we have now reached a new era of cyber terrorism where threats cause just as much damage and fear as a bomb threat.
While the economic damage of this hack is disconcerting, the real significance lies in the fact that, according to the FBI, this marks the first major destructive cyberattack waged against a company on US soil.
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