By Mathew J. Schwartz
August 3, 2010
That's the surprising -- albeit paraphrased -- finding of a recent
survey conducted by Sophos, asking information security aficionados for
their perspective on so-called cyberwarfare, and whether or not they
think nation states have a right to spy on or attack each other online.
The survey results were detailed by Sophos Tuesday in a report outlining
information security trends for the first half of 2010.
Interestingly, nearly two-thirds of the more than 1,000 people surveyed
-- visitors to the Sophos website, all -- think that government-backed
online spying, hacking, or surreptitious malware installs are
In addition, 49% of respondents think that "crippling denial of service
attacks against another country's communication or financial websites"
is okay during wartime, and 7% think it's acceptable during peacetime,
too. Furthermore, 9% say their country should be able to hack into
foreign companies and spy -- for economic advantage -- during peacetime,
jumping to 32% during wartime.
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