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Martin Dempsey Concerned Cyber Attack Could Hurt Industrial Base

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The country’s top uniformed military officer is concerned over the potential damage a cyber attack could pose against the U.S. industrial base, he told NBC News in an interview.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to Ted Koppel in an interview aired on “Rock Center” Thursday on issues surrounding cybersecurity and global terrorism.

Dempsey told Koppel he is worried that a cyber attack could implant a device that could harm critical infrastructure or financial networks, the American Forces Press Service reports in its account of the interview.

Dempsey also said denial-of-service attacks were an example of governments, individuals and organizations trying to find vulnerabilities in cyberspace.

Terrorist network al-Qaida will continue to be a threat in northwestern Pakistan and possibly Afghanistan for the forseeable future, Dempsey said to Koppel.

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