http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSTechNews0104/30_cyberwar-sun.html By ROB GRANATSTEIN The Toronto Sun Monday, April 30, 2001 Combatants in the world's first publicized cyberwar may use security-lax Canada as a safe haven to launch their attacks. The United States government is expecting Chinese hackers to try to deface and crash American sites this week in response to the recent spy plane incident. The increased hacking activity is expected to run until May 7, which is also the two-year anniversary of the bombing of China's embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Canadian sites could be a target from either side, said computer security expert Gus Malezis. "China could use Canadian sites as practice sites or to attack U.S. sites," said Malezis, general manager of Network Associates. Canada is especially susceptible because of its lack of security software on computers and networks. There's an increased level of warning because the FBI's cybercrime arm said last week that Chinese hackers have talked of increasing their hits. A smattering of American sites have already been attacked by hackers claiming to be from China. The cyberwar is not expected to have the impact of the Melissa virus, which caused more than $5 billion in damage. But damage could still run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. ISN is hosted by SecurityFocus.com --- To unsubscribe email LISTSERVat_private with a message body of "SIGNOFF ISN".
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