Discuss whether a cyberattack by one country against another constitutes the declaration of war

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Write one (1) page discussion essay: As we think about “cyber-attack” as a military event — The Darkening Web chap. 5 — let’s discuss whether a cyberattack by one country against another constitutes the declaration of war. Look at definitions in chap 5.
What would a sufficiently large cyberattack against the US to constitute the start of a real military war? In other words, to make the US start dropping bombs onto the other country?
Is this enough (2020) — why, or why not?
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/15/946776718/u-s-scrambles-to-understand-major-computer-hack-but-says-little (Links to an external site.)
It is easy for us to say now, “Let a cyber war stay in cyberspace.” That’s no serious answer. Cyberattacks have real impacts on infrastructure, energy, finance, etc. If Russia erased your medical history and stole all your bank money, would you get upset? What if this happened to a million Americans? What if Russia shut down electricity for Washington DC for a month? Is this just about computers anymore?
So tell us — how big is big enough, for a cyberattack to be a real attack requiring a full military response?
Readings: Alexander Klimburg. The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace. Penguin, 2018.

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