Report: Countries prepping for cyber war

Report: Countries prepping for cyber war
Report: Countries prepping for cyber war 

By Elinor Mills
InSecurity Complex
CNet News
November 16, 2009

Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a "Cyber Cold War," 
amassing "cyber weapons," conducting espionage, and testing networks in 
preparation for using the Internet to conduct war, according to a new 
report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.

In particular, countries gearing up for cyber offensives are the U.S., 
Israel, Russia, China, and France, the says the report, compiled by 
former White House Homeland Security adviser Paul Kurtz and based on 
interviews with more than 20 experts in international relations, 
national security and Internet security.

"We don't believe we've seen cases of cyber warfare," said Dmitri 
Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee. "Nations have 
been reluctant to use those capabilities because of the likelihood that 
[a big cyber attack] could do harm to their own country. The world is so 
interconnected these days."

Threats of cyber warfare have been hyped for decades. There have been 
unauthorized penetrations into government systems since the early 
ARPANET days and it has long been known that the U.S. critical 
infrastructure is vulnerable.


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