Could US repel a cyberattack?

Evidence is mounting that cyberwarfare tactics are part of the 21st-century arsenals of powers like Russia and China, yet the United States has not made Internet defenses a major priority. A two-week cyberattack on Estonia – which overloaded government websites, knocked a bank’s overseas customers offline, and caused Internet service to slow to a crawl – has brought the issue to the fore for US defense officials. While the tiny Baltic nation reacted well, experts say, the US may be at greater risk for mass disruptions of banking, telecommunications, and government services. The reasons: a lack of coordination, funding, and centralized authority.

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