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Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers

“A large-scale attack on Nato’s command and control systems or energy grids could possibly lead to collective defence measures under article 5,” the experts said. Article 5 is the cornerstone of the 1949 Nato charter, laying down that “an armed attack” against one or more Nato countries “shall be considered an attack against them all”. It was the clause in the charter that was invoked following the September 11 attacks to justify the removal of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Nato is now considering how severe the attack would have to be to justify retaliation, what military force could be used and what targets would be attacked.

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