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Cyber warfare used to be something governments did—now, the technology is everywhere

The increasing number, range and sophistication of cyber attacks means that ever more complex and expensive defensive measures will have to be taken

By Geoff Hoon  

A map compiled by British company Malware Tech displays the geographical distribution of the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack. Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/SIPA USA/PA Images

We have all seen any number of stories about governments using cyber warfare to pursue their political and economic objectives. We know that countries have developed sophisticated cyber systems to influence elections, steal secrets and even attack the film industry.

What is less well known is that the equipment and techniques previously only associated with governments are increasingly available and are today being used by organised…

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