NATO, a military alliance that took place between 30 European North American countries has issued a warning that it would launch cyber-attacks in retaliation to threats of a similar sort.
Issuing a press update on this note, the North Atlantic Council stated that it has given its nod to a Comprehensive Cyber Defense Policy that grants invoke to Article 5- first signed in 1949 on a case-by-case basis. And as a part of this program, the treaty will take serious consequences on its adversaries if they launch an attack on its alliance members.
The alliance’s announcement amid concerns that several nations are on the verge of being cyber attacked could be complex, destructive, coercive, and devastating both on an economic and political note.
Notable instances for such cyber incidents are the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that halted fuel supply to almost half of North America and the SolarWinds hack that was brought to light at the end of last year by FireEye; followed by the cyber attack on Microsoft Email Exchange Server by China.
As China has some cynical ambitions and assertive behavior that is visible from its display of dominance in the cyber field, it is posing as a security challenge to the entire alliance of nations that can be seen from its latest cyber threats and disinformation campaigns.
Hence, Cyber Attacks will be treated on par with the military attacks and any nation indulging in launching such attacks on alliance nations will have to face serious consequences says France-based Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization.