Apple co-fonder Steve Wozniak's statement that cyber security poses the greatest threat the world has faced since the atom bomb, feels very sensationalist.
To date the most high profile victims of cyber attacks have been owners of Panamanian off-shore companies and large corporations.
In themselves, unlikely to spread the same sort of panic a seemingly imminent atomic bomb attack caused during the Cold War.
Yet the convergence of the physical and digital worlds does ask legitimate questions. How can nations protect critical infrastructure, such as power stations, from cyber attack?
And as the speed and direction of travel continues in this direction, with self driving cars, an automated London Underground network, and the Internet of Things connecting every household item to the internet, suddenly Wozniak's statement looks less far fetched.
How nation states protect themselves from cyber attack, while enjoying the benefits and improvements in quality of life technological advancements bring, could be one of the defining issues of the 21st century.
Cybersecurity is the greatest threat the world has faced since the atom bomb, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview with Australian TV news show Lateline. The perceived threat of a cyber attack, he said, is causing as much fear and panic as the Cold War hysteria during his childhood. "We used to fear the atomic bomb when I was young, and you used to come home from school and sirens would go off for a test on every corner," Wozniak said in an interview with reporter Matt Wordsworth. "Those were incredible days of fear from something. And now we fear all the cyberattacks and hacking. What's the next one we're gonna hear about? Is one gonna come close to me? Is it gonna hit me? Could they really take out our electrical system, turn off our internet?"