(Business Insider) In a world with weapons of mass destruction, deterrence is key.

The recent discovery “Chinese” hackers probing America’s electrical grid serves as a reminder of a potential cyber attack that could far surpass the destructive impact of Stuxnet, which is believed to have been released by the U.S. and Israel to attack Iranian industrial machinery.

“A Nation Forsaken” — This time, when the lights go out, they could stay out.

Tom Simonite, of MIT Tech Review, recently confirmed that a devastating attack on the grid is a viable option:

“Nations have had the capability to make attacks that could have caused loss of life for many years,” Jason Healy, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council, told MIT.

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