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By Owen Bowcott
17 January 2011
Military "cyber weaponry" will become commonplace this century, but it
will be unlikely to deter attacks by "hacktivists" and criminal gangs,
and could easily be used for state-sponsored cyber attacks instead, the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warns.
The British authors of the study, which is released today, also caution
that "lurid language" and lobbying by technology firms distort the
government's plans to protect Britain against cyber attacks.
Professor Peter Sommer of the LSE and Dr Ian Brown of Oxford
University's internet institute were commissioned by the OECD for one of
a series of investigations into potential "future global shocks".
Their report comes at a time of heightened awareness of online attacks
following hacking protests against companies caught up in the WikiLeaks
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