Countries engaging in Cyber Cold War

Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a "Cyber Cold War", amassing "cyber weapons", conducting espionage and testing networks in preparation for using the internet to conduct war, reports McAfee.

Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a "Cyber Cold War", amassing "cyber weapons", conducting espionage and testing networks in preparation for using the internet to conduct war, according to a report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.

In particular, countries gearing up for cyber offensives are the US, Israel, Russia, China and France, says the report, which was compiled by former White House Homeland Security adviser Paul Kurtz and based on interviews with more than 20 experts in international relations, national security and internet security.

"We don't believe we've seen cases of cyber warfare," said Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee. "Nations have been reluctant to use those capabilities because of the likelihood that [a big cyberattack] could do harm to their own country. The world is so interconnected these days."

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