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International relations

Big three cyberthreats bring Asia-Pacific and NATO allies closer

Russian, Chinese and North Korean hackers spur global countermeasures

Military personnel take part in the Locked Shields 2018 cyberdefense exercise in Tallinn, Estonia, in April. (Photo courtesy of CCDCOE)

TOKYO -- The countries were fictional, but the scenario was disturbingly realistic: In annual NATO drills in late April, the nation of "Crimsonia" launched thousands of cyberattacks on the vital infrastructure of "Berylia." And for the first time, Australia took a front-row seat as an official observer -- part of a new push by Asia-Pacific countries to fortify their defenses against state-backed hackers.

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