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Panetta: Future Attacks On US To Have Cyber Component

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Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that any future attack on the U.S. will contain a cyber element as 21st-century technology has helped make cyber attacks a threat to the country, according to American Forces Press Service.

Karen Parrish writes Panetta made the remark before an audience of Georgetown University students and one asked Panetta how cyber warfare would factor into U.S. defense policy.

He also said that strategy should consider cyber potential in planning how the U.S. will go after adversaries, AFPS reports.

According to CBS News, Panetta told the students thousands of cyber attacks target the U.S. per day and attacks could threaten power grid systems, government systems and financial systems.

The private sector, including firms in Silicon Valley, also face cyber attacks every day, he said.

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