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U.S Defense Chief Calls Cyberspace Battlefront Of The Future


U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says cyberspace is the battlefield of the future.

Panetta's remarks came a week after he delivered a major policy speech on cyber security, saying the U.S. military could act preemptively if it detects an imminent threat of a cyber attack.

U.S. banks and financial institutions have been under sustained attack in recent weeks by suspected Iranian hackers.

A group calling itself the Cyber Fighters of Izz ad-din Al Qassam has claimed credit for the disruptions, calling them a protest against an anti-Islam video, "Innocence of Muslims," which was posted on YouTube and has provoked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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