The US government has warned that perpetrators launching a cyber attack against the country would be taking a ‘grave risk' by doing so. The Pentagon said that the country would respond to cyber attacks with military retaliation, considering the attack as a threat to the nation.
The dire warnings were a part of a 12-page document which were made public recently and revealed that the United States is taking its cyber defences and security quite seriously and working towards strengthening them.
Pentagon informed that acts of cyber war will include launching cyber attacks against the US economy, government or military. However, it also said that military action will only be taken once every other option has been exhausted.
"When warranted, we will respond to hostile attacks in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. We reserve the right to use all necessary means - diplomatic, informational, military and economic - to defend our nation, our allies, our partners and our interests", the Pentagon said in the document presented before the US Congress reports The Daily Mail (opens in new tab).
Businesses and government organisations in the US are being subjected to cyber attacks almost regularly with increased sophistication. Recent reports claim that businesses are losing billions of dollars every year to cyber attacks.