Several nations around the globe are capable of launching catastrophic cyberattacks but have refrained from doing so because it would be perceived as an act of war, a veteran security expert said Wednesday.
“We’ve been incredibly lucky but I do believe that things may change,” Charles Carmakal, vice-president of Mandiant, a cybersecurity company owned by FireEye of Milpitas, California, said at a forum on Wednesday.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats opened the 8th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit with a warning that digital threats to the United States are mounting.
“We have not experienced – yet – a catastrophic attack. But I think everyone in this room is aware of the ever-growing threat to our national security,” Coats said, adding that attacks on electrical grids and other utilities are a rising concern.
“It doesn’t take much effort to imagine the consequences of an attack that knocks out power in Boston in February or power