US counterterrorism expert Cofer Black warned Wednesday that the Cold War has given way to a "Code War" in which cyber weapons can be unleashed with devastating consequences.
A sophisticated hacking campaign exposed earlier by computer security firm McAfee was no surprise to Cofer, who saw it as a sign of more to come. The United States, United Nations, defense contractors and the International Olympic Committee were targets of a massive global cyber spying campaign, McAfee said, with China seen as the likely culprit.
California-based McAfee said in a report that it had identified 72 victims in 14 countries of a hacking effort dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," which it traced back to at least 2006.
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