View Full Version : "Cyber cold war" threat

2007-11-29, 15:04

- http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USL2932083320071129
Nov 29, 2007 - LONDON (Reuters) - "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 on 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. "Cybercrime is now a global issue," said Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs. "It has evolved significantly and is no longer just a threat to industry and individuals but increasingly to national security." The report said China is at the forefront of the cyber war. It said China has been blamed for attacks in the United States, India and Germany. China has repeatedly denied such claims... The report was compiled with input from academics and officials from Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and NATO. Cyber-attacks on private and government Web sites in Estonia in April and May this year were "just the tip of the iceberg", the report* warned..."
* http://www.mcafee.com/us/research/criminology_report/default.html


2007-12-01, 18:27

- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ft/20071201/bs_ft/fto113020071943386166
Nov 30, 2007 - " The director-general of MI5* has warned banks and financial services companies that commercially sensitive information is at risk of being compromised by Chinese computer hacking. According to private sector security specialists, Jonathan Evans, who took over as chief of MI5, the Security Service, in April, delivered the warning in an unusual letter to the companies, saying the threat came from Chinese state enterprises. Although it has long been considered a risk by MI5, Chinese hacking has become a growing concern to the agency. The decision to send a letter to private companies appears to be an attempt to emphasise that it is not only government computers at risk from Chinese hackers, but those from the private sector too..."
* http://www.mi5.gov.uk/