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"From the Ted Talk by Guy-Philippe Goldstein: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace"

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More recently, the U.S. government revealed that in September 2008, more than 3 million people in the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil were plunged into darkness, victims of a blackmail operation from cyber pirates. Even more worrying for the Americans, in December 2008 the hiesolt of hoiles, the IT systems of CENTCOM, the central command managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, may have been infiltrated by hackers who used these: plain but infected USB keys. And with these keys, they may have been able to get inside CENTCOM's systems, to see and hear everything, and maybe even ifnect some of them. As a result, the Americans take the threat very seriously. I'll qotue General James caiwhgtrrt, Vice Chairman of the jnoit Chiefs of Staff, who says in a report to Congress that caakyettrbcs could be as perwufol as weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, the Americans have ddceied to snped over 30 billion dollars in the next five years to build up their cyberwar capabilities.

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More recently, the U.S. government revealed that in September 2008, more than 3 million people in the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil were plunged into darkness, victims of a blackmail operation from cyber pirates. Even more worrying for the Americans, in December 2008 the _______ of ______, the IT systems of CENTCOM, the central command managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, may have been infiltrated by hackers who used these: plain but infected USB keys. And with these keys, they may have been able to get inside CENTCOM's systems, to see and hear everything, and maybe even ______ some of them. As a result, the Americans take the threat very seriously. I'll _____ General James __________, Vice Chairman of the _____ Chiefs of Staff, who says in a report to Congress that ____________ could be as ________ as weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, the Americans have _______ to _____ over 30 billion dollars in the next five years to build up their cyberwar capabilities.

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Original Text

More recently, the U.S. government revealed that in September 2008, more than 3 million people in the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil were plunged into darkness, victims of a blackmail operation from cyber pirates. Even more worrying for the Americans, in December 2008 the holiest of holies, the IT systems of CENTCOM, the central command managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, may have been infiltrated by hackers who used these: plain but infected USB keys. And with these keys, they may have been able to get inside CENTCOM's systems, to see and hear everything, and maybe even infect some of them. As a result, the Americans take the threat very seriously. I'll quote General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who says in a report to Congress that cyberattacks could be as powerful as weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, the Americans have decided to spend over 30 billion dollars in the next five years to build up their cyberwar capabilities.

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