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McAfee Inc. warns of countries arming for cyberwarfare

McAfee Inc. this week revealed that the global cyberarms race has moved from fiction to reality, acc...


November 18, 2009  


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McAfee Inc. this week revealed that the global cyberarms race has moved from fiction to reality, according to its fifth annual Virtual Criminology Report.

 

The report found that politically motivated cyberattacks have increased and five countries — the United States, Russia, France, Israel and China — are now armed with cyberweapons.

 

“McAfee began to warn of the global cyberarms race more than two years ago, but now we’re seeing increasing evidence that it’s become real,” said Dave DeWalt, McAfee president and CEO. “Now several nations around the world are actively engaged in cyberwar-like preparations and attacks. Today, the weapons are not nuclear, but virtual, and everyone must adapt to these threats.”

 

The Virtual Criminology Report includes insights from more than two dozen of the world’s leading experts in international relations, including Dr. Jamie Saunders, counselor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. and security experts with experience at the U.S. National Security Agency and the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

 

Former White House advisor Paul Kurtz compiled the report on McAfee’s behalf.

 

Experts call for a clear definition and an open debate on cyberwarfare. Without an open discussion among the government, private sector and the public, future cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure could be devastating, McAfee said in a release.