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Thursday, July 16, 2015

What America Thinks: Do Voters Fear a Cyberattack?

When the New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal and United Airlines all experienced outages due to technical difficulties on Wednesday, Americans took notice. Despite an all-clear from the Department of Homeland Security, many were still left wondering. Voters have long considered an economic attack a bigger threat to this country than terrorists or a military assault, and 64% now think a cyberattack by another country poses a bigger economic threat than a traditional military attack. Voters were less concerned about the danger of a cyberattack in December, shortly after North Korea’s computer assault on Sony.

Perhaps more ominously, 64% also now view a cyberattack as an act of war. The government says Wednesday's outages were a technological coincidence, not a coordinated assault. But China and Russia, among others, are already suspected in cyberassaults on America, so we haven't heard the last on this subject.