Black Hat: Cyber-espionage is expanding

The annual Black Hat conference brings out the worst of the Internet, if you know what I mean. It’s the place where experts on information security gather to exchange notes on how bad information security is around the world.
The good news is attendees (well most of them, we hope) are dedicated to sharing ways organizations can do something about it.

This year’s conference is in Las Vegas, where, as this report details, attendees learned that not only are governments involved in cyber-spying, so are private security companies. One paper at the conference identified 200 families of custom malware. The problem, the author says, is that as more governments engage in cyber-espionage it legitimizes the activity for other.
Who do you trust? No one.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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