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McAfee report available on virtual criminology.

McAfee : 09 April, 2008  (Technical Article)
Electronic government and increasing dependence on internet technologies at national levels highlights vulnerability to cyber-crime according to McAfee.
With the anniversary of the Estonian cyber attacks looming, there are reports which state that senior officials are bracing themselves for a repeat performance. In April of 2007, cybercriminals crippled most of the country's web-based public services and stories about smaller attempts to hack into electronic government systems continue to be seen.

McAfee's Virtual Criminology Report, for which interviews were carried out with security specialists from institutions across the globe, such as SOCA, NATO and the FBI, has predicted that cyber attacks are moving towards highly funded and well-organised operations for political and economic purposes.

But who should be dealing with these country-wide threats in the UK and how well prepared are we?

Greg Day, security analyst at McAfee says: "It is a real concern to hear that senior officials expect to see more country-wide attacks when responsibility for dealing with such critical emergencies in the UK remains unclear. The UK has been less forthcoming on such issues compared to other countries and James Brokenshire, the UK Shadow E-crime Minister, recently highlighted this as an area where the UK lags behind other nations. For instance, NATO has established an international Cyber Defence Management Authority to tackle cybercrime and the US military is developing its own cyber-attack capabilities. This is clearly an area that is being viewed as growing in importance and was one of a number of topics we discussed at the Council of Europe's recent Cooperation Against Cybercrime conference in Strasburg."
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