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Nation-state cyber attacks double in three years

April 8, 2021

Nation state-backed cyber attacks are becoming more widespread, varied and open than ever before, with the number of significant incidents doubling between 2017 and 2020, according to the University of Surrey’s senior lecturer in criminology, Mike McGuire, who argues that the world is moving closer to a point of advanced cyber warfare than at any time since the inception of the internet.

In a newly released study sponsored by HP Inc, McGuire analysed more than 200 cyber security incidents linked to nation-state activity in the past 11 years, drawing on first-hand intelligence gathering from informants active on the dark web, and consultation with a panel of experts in cyber security, intelligence, government, law enforcement and academia.

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