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Germany eyes Web security

After almost two years of study, a secret committee of the German government has concluded that Internet attacks will supplant military conflicts in the coming years, according to German magazine "Der Spiegel."

The group, which encompasses several ministries, security forces and the chancellorship warned that attacks could interfere with sites belonging to the military as well as key civil institutions such as the police, power utilities and health services.

"There is no more national territory" that can be defended militarily, the group reports; it went on to propose a "strike force" within the German federal office for security that could address attacks on critical sites.