Cyberattack could trigger Article 5 response, NATO deputy secretary warns

We’ve covered this before. Cyberspace is now considered a domain of warfare like land, sea, air, and more recently space…:

NATO is adapting to security threats in cyberspace despite vulnerabilities exploited in the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Secretary Mircea Geoana said on Monday.

He noted that NATO will establish a Cyberspace Operations Center as a part of its command structure, adding that a military cyber attack on a country qualifies as a cause for all NATO nations to come to its aid.

“We agreed that a cyberattack could trigger Article 5 of our founding treaty, where an attack against one ally is treated as an attack against all,” Geoana told a virtual conference of CYBERSEC, an annual public policy conference sponsored by the Kosciusko Institute of Krakow, Poland.

The collective defense statute in the NATO charter is generally interpreted as recognition of an armed attack on a NATO member, leading to all members’ involvement in its defense.

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