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According to Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command, cyber threats are steadily escalating from routine data thefts and DDoS ops to more lethal attacks.

That’s our concern about what’s coming in cyberspace - a destructive element,” said Alexander.

“You can quickly see that there are ways now to get in and mess with [electrical] power if you have access to it.”

Alexander went so far as to warn that certain cyber threats were outranked only by nuclear bombs or weapons of mass destruction.