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Nations on alert as China hunts for secrets

URGENT warnings have been circulated throughout Nato and the European Union for secret intelligence material to be protected following cyber attacks originating in China.

The attacks have also hit government and military institutions in the US, where analysts said that the West had no effective response and that EU systems were especially vulnerable because most cyber security efforts were left to member states.

Nato diplomatic sources told The Times: “Everyone has been made aware that the Chinese have become very active with cyber-attacks and we’re now getting regular warnings from the office for internal security.” The sources said that the number of attacks had increased significantly over the past 12 months, with China among the most active players.

In the US, an official report released on Friday said the number of attacks on Congress and other government agencies had risen exponentially in the past year to an estimated 1.6 billion every month.

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April 12, 2010 - Posted by | EMEA, espionage, security, spy, USA

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