Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to ‘a real shooting war’

U.S. President Joe Biden departs after delivering remarks to members of “the intelligence community workforce and its leadership” during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in nearby McLean, Virginia outside Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned that a significant cyber attack on the United States could lead to “a real shooting war” with a major power, comments that highlight what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia and China.

Cybersecurity has risen to the top of the agenda for the Biden administration after a series of high-profile attacks on entities such as network management company SolarWinds, the Colonial Pipeline company, meat processing company JBS and software firm Kaseya hurt the U.S. far beyond just the companies hacked. Some of the attacks affected fuel and food supplies in parts of the United States.

“I think it’s more than likely we’re going to end up, if we end up in a war – a real shooting war with a major power – it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence and it’s increasing exponentially, the capabilities,” Biden said during a half-hour speech.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; editing by Grant McCool

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