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Let the games begin (oops they already have)... Cyberwarfare refers to politically motivated hacking to conduct sabotage and espionage. It is a form of information warfare sometimes seen as analogous to conventional warfare, and in 2013 was, for the first time, considered a larger threat than Al Qaeda or terrorism, by many U.S. intelligence officials. In France, it is reported that the US 'used malware and Facebook' to hack French president's team "The staff of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy fell victim to a hack attack while he was still in office, and the finger of blame is being pointed at the US...According to an anonymous source, Uncle Sam wanted to check that France was still on its side. You can be on very good terms with a 'friendly country' and at the same time want to be assured of its unwavering support, particularly during a period of political change, the source told L'Express." The US embassy has denied the allegations. Meanwhile back in the USA... US urged to permit self-defense retaliation on hackers "China and the United States have constantly clashed over the prevalence of cyberattacks. A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Defense laid the blame for widespread cyber espionage campaigns against U.S. targets squarely at the Chinese government and military's feet, just as security firm Mandiant claimed that China is responsible for an "overwhelming number" of cyberattacks in February. China denies these claims, and has said that accusations are "groundless."