Excerpt from interview of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey by Chris Wallace, January 11, 2015.
WALLACE: What have you learned about cyber threats from the North Korea hacking of Sony Pictures? How vulnerable are we to a cyber Pearl Harbor?
DEMPSEY: Cyber can be incredibly destructive. It can be disruptive. It can disrupt. And it can destroy.
And it can destroy hardware. It can — it can — it can disable critical infrastructure, which could lead to loss of life. And I think those capabilities are out there.
And, you know, we have, in every domain, Chris, we generally enjoy a significant military advantage. But we have peer competitors in cyber.
WALLACE: In other words, we don’t have an advantage over that?
DEMPSEY: We — we don’t have an advantage. It’s a level playing field. And that makes this chairman very uncomfortable.