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dateline: 08 January 2013

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Nations Expect 2013 Cyberattacks

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • telecommunications: electronic transmission of information
  • blackout: a temporary loss of power or service
  • full-scale: involving all possible resources
  • interruption: a short-term break of continuity
  • launch: to begin something new
  • infrastructure: the basic features of a system or organization (e.g. roads, power, essential services)
  • potential: possible in the future

Nations Expect 2013 Cyberattacks

Security researchers say that the world’s largest powers are preparing for increased cyberattacks in 2013. According to security experts, cyberthreats could lead to anything from or telecommunication blackouts to loss of life this year. While some researchers don’t believe there will be a full-scale cyber war in 2013, companies are for attacks that could lead to service interruptions. The US has already stated that it is willing to use military force against any nation that launches a cyber attack on its infrastructure. Banks and power grids are potential .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What are nations preparing for in 2013?
  2. What statement has the US made regarding cyberattacks?
  3. Why does the report mention banks?

Discussion Question: Is the world becoming paranoid, or do you believe a cyber war is a real threat that everyday people and businesses should be concerned about?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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