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According to a new report based on interviews with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a war. The report said, the program, codenamed MonsterMind, would have let the military agency automate the process of “hunting for the beginnings” of a foreign cyberattack. According to the report, published this week by Wired Magazine, the software would be constantly on the lookout for digital “traffic patterns” that indicated known or suspected attacks.

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