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Would a cyberattack on a NATO country trigger Article 5?

Would a cyberattack on a NATO country trigger Article 5?

Top Comment: This will probably depend on a number of things, for example the target of the attack (critical infrastructure or secondary target. View poll results (118 responses)

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Anonymous Author
This will probably depend on a number of things, for example the target of the attack (critical infrastructure or secondary targets), severity/consequences, ability to perform high fidelity attribution, etc.
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Anonymous Author
There have been at least a few publicly known cyberattacks on NATO member countries that did not trigger any military reaction. For example, Estonian government websites were targeted by Russia. Now, in 2014 NATO leaders made cyber defence a collective part of the defence, but the policies and procedures are still evolving. I can't say it will not happen. Still, it will undoubtedly require special circumstances like a pre-war environment or an ongoing war where NATO is involved with a certain country and an attack strictly on govrnmnet cyber structure.
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