As governments across the world defend themselves from cyber attacks, the Pentagon has concluded that such attacks from another country is an act of war, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal.
With the new determination of cyber attacks, the U.S. military now has the ability to respond to cyber attacks by deploying traditional force. According to the report, the Pentagon plans to issue its formal cyber strategy next month.
There is a growing concern throughout the military of possible cyber attacks against the country's nuclear reactors, subways and pipelines, the report stated. Attacks against the Pentagon itself, as well as the destruction caused by the Stuxnet worm also has caused concern for hackers.
"If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said one military official.
In April, cyber criminals stepped up their efforts even more. According to a report by an internet security company, more than 73,000 variants of malware was released on a daily basis, increasing 26 percent from April 2010.