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Thursday, November 29, 2007

World faces ‘cyber cold war’ threat, report says

A “cyber cold war” waged over the world’s computers threatens to become one of the biggest threats to security in the next decade, according to a report published Thursday.  About 120 countries are developing ways to use the Internet as a weapon to target financial markets, government computer systems, and utilities, Internet security company McAfee said in an annual report.

Intelligence agencies already routinely test other states’ networks looking for weaknesses and their techniques are growing more sophisticated every year, it said.  Governments must urgently shore up their defenses against industrial espionage and attacks on infrastructure.  It said China has been blamed for attacks in the United States, India, and Germany.  “The Chinese were first to use cyberattacks for political and military goals,” James Mulvenon, director of the Center for Intelligence and Research in Washington, was quoted as saying in the report.

The report was compiled with input from academics and officials from Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and NATO.

Posted on 11/29