[ISN] Canada base for cyberwar?

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Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 20:21:07 PDT

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    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.
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