Cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial institutions and developing the ability to strike U.S. power grids and government systems, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday.
William Robertson, an assistant professor at Northeastern University in Boston who testified on cyber security legislation in Congress earlier this year, said in an interview the government is “quite understandably worried” about the threat.
“I don’t think it’s hyperbole,” he added. “These kinds of attacks that he’s talking about have actually been going on for quite some time. And they’ve been increasing in intensity lately.”