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Cyberwar Is Officially Crossing Over Into the Real World

Online warfare already affects wreaks havoc on the physical world, and it's only going to get worse.
Source: Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

The devastating effects of a massive cyberattack are no more confined to a computer network than any other action carried out online. People use the computers and the internet all the time to make things happen in the physical world.

A cyberattack isn’t just a cyberattack. It’s an attack.

Hospitals, pharmacies, and major corporations like FedEx and the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica were among the 200,000 victims hobbled by a global ransomware attack on Friday, which locked people’s computers and demanded Bitcoin payment in exchange for access. In the United Kingdom, some hospitals canceled procedures and other appointments as a result. The software security firm Symantec found

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