Biden: Severe cyberattacks could escalate to ‘real shooting war’

President Joe Biden warned that cyberattacks leading to severe security breaches could lead to a “real shooting war” with another major world power.

You know, we’ve seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world, Biden said during a speech at the National Counterterrorism Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

I can’t guarantee this, and you’re as informed as I am, but I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up — well, if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence.

He named Russia and China as the USA’s partners and possibly mortal competitors down the road, saying that working together on existential threats such as climate change should prevent the US from keeping a watchful eye on what the ultimate objective of the other team is.

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