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According to Panetta, Cyber Pearl Harbor is cyberspace attack that could disable a substantial proportion of IT services throughout the U.S. and/or among its ally countries. The primary objective behind such an attack would be to take control of major IT infrastructure, spread a digital virus, delete or steal highly confidential data, illegally transfer funds and/or carry out virtually any act with the potential of substantially damaging IT assets. If Cyber Pearl Harbor were to occur, it could result in a serious loss of IT services, thus affecting many government, business and other key infrastructure that relies on IT.