Cyberattacks: The war of the machines

An attack has been launched on an American bank’s computer infrastructure – possibly by Russia. Is it an act of war? Simon Wilson investigates.

What’s happened?

The FBI is investigating a new wave of serious cyberattacks on JP Morgan Chase and several other big US banks, which are suspected to have originated from Russia.

Due to their timing, following the imposition of further sanctions against Russia, there has been speculation that these cyberattacks have been sponsored or sanctioned by Moscow – a scenario that (by most definitions) would mean that they amount to an act of cyberwarfare [...]

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