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'Major' hacking attack in US looms: expert survey

Cyber attacks might be taking a toll now, but just wait: a survey of experts says things are likely to get even worse in the US over the next decadeA majority of cybersecurity experts surveyed in a poll see a likelihood of major damage from a cyber attack in the coming years, according to a Pew Research Center report. From the 1,600 experts polled, 61 percent answered “yes” to the question: “By 2025, will a major cyber attack have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people?” “There was considerable agreement among these experts that individuals could be more vulnerable and businesses could persistently be under attack,” said Lee Rainie, a co-author of the report and director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. The remaining 39 percent surveyed said major damage from a cyber attack could be avoided.

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