Expert warns NATO of cyber arms race


AFP
June 11, 2011

The world is entering an era of a cyber arms race where ever-more sophisticated versions of malware are the weapons of choice of actors often impossible to trace, a top IT expert told NATO Friday.

“We are entering the era of a cyber arms race, but the problem in this arms race is we don’t know what kind of new arms the others have, so we don’t have a quick, effective means to counter them,” Mikko Hypponen said at a meeting on global cyber conflict organised by the Tallinn-based NATO Cyber Centre.

“And we often don’t know also who is in charge, who has these weapons,” said the Finn, who works for a top global IT security firm.

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