Security Specialists Support Cyberwarfare

Security Specialists Support Cyberwarfare
Security Specialists Support Cyberwarfare 

By Mathew J. Schwartz
August 3, 2010

"Nuke 'em."

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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