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Pentagon to Take Military Action Against Cyber Attacks?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hacker attacks have become more widespread and damaging lately, enough so that the government is considering stepping in and taking military action.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some top officials at the Pentagon are now calling computer sabotage an act of war, and are considering using military force as one way to respond to the malicious attacks against the U.S.  Doing so may warn potential adversaries about hacking.

Internet security lawyer Parry Aftab says there's no such thing as a harmless cyber attack.

"Everything on the Internet belongs to someone," he says.

Businesses also stand to lose a lot if hacked and have been at the center of the most recent breaches.  Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and broadcaster PBS were the latest victims of cyber break-ins this past weekend.  Prior to that, Sony's PlayStation network was hacked, compromising the accounts of more than 100 million customers.

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