Insurers have used war exemptions to avoid claims related to cyberattacks, The New York Times reports. Food company Mondelez International and pharmaceutical company Merck were both victims of the NotPetya incident in 2017. Both companies were told by insurers their claims would not be accepted as their losses were deemed collateral damage in a cyberwar. The insurers’ stance solidified after the U.S. government determined Russia was behind the cyberattack. Mondelez and Merck are both in the midst of court cases after they each sued their insurers. “We still don’t have a clear idea of what cyberwar actually looks like,” BitSight Technologies Vice President Jake Olcott said. “That is one of the struggles in this case. No one has said this was an all-out cyberwar by Russia.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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