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Survey: International cyber attacks are OK

63 percent of computer users deem country-to-country cyber-espionage to be an acceptable act, according to a new report.
Written by Tyler Thia, Contributor on

An alarming 63 percent of computer users deem country-to-country cyber-espionage to be an acceptable act, according to a new report by security vendor Sophos.

Released Wednesday, the survey revealed that one in 14 respondents believed that crippling denial of service attacks against another country's communications or financial Web sites were acceptable during peacetime. Another 32 percent said countries should be allowed to plant malware and hack the networks of private foreign companies in order to spy for economic advantage. Of this group, 23 percent said such actions were necessary only during wartime, the survey revealed.

The midyear online survey polled 1,077 computer users from across the globe on their attitudes toward cyber warfare and other IT security trends. When contacted, a Sophos spokesperson declined to say which countries were included in the poll.

For more on this story, read Country-to-country cyberattacks deemed OK by users on ZDNet Asia.

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