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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart inked a pact pledging closer cooperation in an effort to thwart cyber threats.

Mattis and Defense Minister Alberto Espina signed the deal Thursday after meeting to discuss a range of security issues, including military exercises and cooperation in science and technology.

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Cyber defense is a topic of growing interest throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Banco de Chile, one of the country’s biggest commercial banks, has said a hacking operation robbed it of $10 million in June.

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Santiago was the fourth stop for Mattis on a tour of South America that began in Brasilia on Sunday.

He also visited Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and is scheduled to hold talks in Bogota, Colombia, Friday.

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