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McAfee: Cold War-Style Computer Attack Likely

Yesterday McAfee warned that various countries are arming for cyberwarfare, and is no longer just a fictional idea. The warning stems from the company's fifth annual Virtual Criminology Report, and even provides a grim look into the future, indicating that the United States, Russia, France, Israel and China are locked and loaded with numerous cyberweapons. That's right, it's the 80s all over again, only this time the missiles are virtual.

"McAfee began to warn of the global cyberarms race more than two years ago, but now we’re seeing increasing evidence that it’s become real," said Dave DeWalt, McAfee president and CEO. "Now several nations around the world are actively engaged in cyberwar-like preparations and attacks. Today, the weapons are not nuclear, but virtual, and everyone must adapt to these threats."

The report defines cyberwar and provides an insight into what's going on here in the States and overseas, and how the private sector will be caught in the "crossfire." The report studies examples of politically-motivated cyberattacks while identifying the countries that are currently developing cyberdefenses and cyberoffenses. It also states that government disclosure is an issue, indicating that classified information hinders public and private sector cybercrime defense.

The report also states that a public cyberwarfare debate with government officials needs to take place. Until that happens, McAgee said that future cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure "could be devastating."

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