State-level hacking: who’s got your back?
It’s a bleak outlook, and one that’s starting to cause schisms among the companies who ensure our online safety. Some have reacted by throwing in their lot with one country: some US anti-virus firms, for example, have opted to focus their attention on Russia and Chinese cyber activity.
For the moment, many anti-virus makers are happy to expose spy software whatever the suspected source, even if it hails from the country in which they’re based. But as this type of government-level espionage continues (and morphs into state-sponsored sabotage), it will get progressively harder for such companies to remain on neutral ground, even in the virtual world.
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