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President Barack Obama has called on national security leaders to develop destructive cyberwarfare capabilities that could be triggered with “little or no warning” against adversaries around the world, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

Presidential Policy Directive 20, issued to national security and intelligence officials in October, includes an array of procedures to ensure that cyber-attacks are lawful and minimize damage. But the directive indicates the government believes that cyber-attacks — known as “offensive cyber effects operations” (OCEO) — are becoming common and that cyberwar could be just around the corner.

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