Monday, March 8, 2010

Cyberwar declared as China hunts for the West’s intelligence secrets

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Urgent warnings have been circulated throughout Nato and the European Union
for secret intelligence material to be protected from a recent surge in
cyberwar attacks originating in China.

The attacks have also hit government and military institutions in the United
, where analysts said that the West had no effective response and that
EU systems were especially vulnerable because most cyber security efforts
were left to member states.

Sources at the Office for Cyber Security at the Cabinet Office in London, set
up last year, said there were two forms of attack: those focusing on
disrupting computer systems and others involving “fishing trips” for
sensitive information. A special team has been set up at GCHQ, the
government communications headquarters in Gloucestershire, to counter the
growing cyber-threat affecting intelligence material. The team becomes
operational this month.

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