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The Art of Cyberwar

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What would China accomplish by launching a cyberattack on the programs that run our power grids, gas lines, and banking systems?

Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Timesfront-page report last week that the Chinese army is hacking into America's most sensitive computer networks from a 12-story building outside Shanghai might finally persuade skeptics that the threat of "cyber warfare" isn’t the fevered fantasy of Richard Clarke, the producers of Die Hard 4, or the generals at the ever-growing U.S. Cyber Command. Alas, it's real.

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