During meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned that “all the members of NATO should strengthen its defense against cyberattacks, Quoting that they could potentially provoke their obligation for mutual protection in accordance with Article 5.”
Computer users around the world scrambled the virtual environment to reboot the systems after a tidal wave of overbought cyber attacks, spreading from Ukraine and Russia across Europe to the United States, and then to Asia.
The last week cyberattack was as similar to WannaCry ransomware, which last month hit more than 200,000 users in more than 150 countries.
Stoltenberg said that “the attack in May and this week only emphasizes the importance of strengthening our cyber defense, and that’s what we do.”
While interacting with reporters, Stoltenberg said that “We are demonstrating more, we exchange advanced methods and technologies that we have, and we are also increasingly cooperating with all our allies.”
Stoltenberg recalled that last year NATO leaders agreed that a cyber attack could be considered a serious enough threat to justify the alliance’s “all for one, one for all” guarantee of security.
They also turned the cyber into an area of NATO – on par with traditional air, sea and land weapons, to become part of overall Alliance planning and resource allocation.
NATO also helped Ukraine, the country first hit the cyber attack on Tuesday, with its online defense, Stoltenberg said.
In the context of NATO, the greatest fear is that another state will attack the network of allies in order to undermine the key industry of the industrial and civil society without firing a shot.
In the case, however, it seems that non-state actors may be capable of causing as much chaos.
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