UK headed for cyber ‘cold war’

Foreign countries conducting web-based espionage now present the greatest threat to the nation’s security, a report saysGovernment and military computer systems in the UK are coming under sustained attack from China and other countries, a major new study gives warning today.The closely-read annual Virtual Criminology Report, which draws on interviews with senior staff at organisations including the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Nato and the FBI, says that the UK has entered a “cyber cold war” in which web-based espionage poses the biggest threat to national security.It envisages a future where rogue governments and criminal gangs regularly target the computer systems that run electricity, air traffic control, financial markets and Government computer networks.

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