The ‘golden age’ for cybercrime attackers

NATO’s response to the threat of cyberwar

Cyberwar, once the stuff of exaggerated Hollywood movie plots, doesn’t seem so implausible anymore. In response to an increase in cyber-attacks, NATO has assembled some of its brightest computer minds in a military base in Estonia to figure out how to keep dangerous hackers at bay. Guardian journalist Bobbie Johnson takes a trip to the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, or K5, as its commonly called, to get a handle on how serious the threat is, and what NATO is doing about it. The picture he paints is not a rosy one; according to U.S. Navy investigator and cybercrime specialist Kenneth Geers, rushing to connect the world with technology before security was in place means that “this is a golden age for attackers.”


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