People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging — and hackers are already laying the groundwork.
As someone who studies cybersecurity and information warfare, I'm concerned that a cyberattack with widespread impact could cause significant damage, including mass injury and death rivaling the death toll of a nuclear weapon.
My concern is not intended to downplay the devastating and immediate effects of a nuclear attack. Rather, it's to point out that some of the international protections against nuclear conflicts don't exist for cyberattacks.
Just as there is no way to completely protect against a nuclear attack, there are only ways to make devastating cyberattacks less likely.
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