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CIO – China Makes Viruses for Cyberwar First-Strike

CIO – China Makes Viruses for Cyberwar First-Strike

We really have moved on from the idea of the hacker portrayed in the movie “war games”. A young boy working out of his bedroom. These days it is a very professional operation, run by organized criminals, or governments in this case.

Because of the anti-censorship work we do Anonymizer has already been on the receiving end of numerous attacks out of China that appear to be government sponsored and initiated.

The Internet is now absolutely part of every nation’s critical infrastructure. Cyber war provides a relatively bloodless form of attack that can do massive economic damage and potentially leave little evidence of who launched the attack. It is also a powerful leveler. Using standard hacking methods like bot nets even a tiny country or terrorist organization could inflict damage completely out of proportion to its resources.

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