Cascading, nationwide power outages. Communications in shambles. Breakdowns in the supply of water, food, medications and gas. Military operations crimped by failures in civilian infrastructure. Weapons blunted by tailored countermeasures. The most recent alarm about the worst-case scenarios of cyberwar was sounded by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in October. Addressing business leaders in New York, Panetta invoked both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in talking about “a destructive ...

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