Why hackers aren’t afraid of us

Source: David E. Sanger, New York Times (Paid Registration)

While the United States remains the greatest cyberpower on earth, it is increasingly losing daily cyberconflicts. The range of American targets is so wide and deep that it is almost impossible to understand all of the vulnerabilities. And because most of those targets don’t belong to the government—banks, power grids, shipping systems, hospitals and internet-linked security cameras, cars and appliances—confusion reigns over who is responsible for defending them and who will decide when to strike back. We have the most fearsome cyberweaponry on the planet, yet we’re afraid to use it for fear of what will come next.

So what is to be done?

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