The sheer pervasiveness of the Internet in the modern world means that there is a danger of a `cyber cold war' developing in the next decade, according to a report from McAfee released yesterday.
The report asserts that around 120 countries are developing methods by which they can use the Internet to target other countries' financial markets, government computer systems and utility companies.
According to the report, a number of intelligence agencies around the world are already routinely testing other countries' networks, checking for weak points and, thanks to this, their methodologies are getting ever more sophisticated.
"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."
Not unsurprisingly, the McAfee reckons that China is at the forefront of the cyber war, following attacks on the US, Germany and India earlier in the year.
But the Chinese government says it didn't have anything to do with the attacks -Ed.
Yeah, riiight - pull the other one.
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