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Five cyber threats endanger World.

Eugene Kaspersky

As computers organise and dominate more and more of our world, five distinct threats are emerging, says Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive of Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab and speaker at this year’s Counter Terror Expo in London.

The five threats are the following:

1) The first threat is cyber warfare, exactly what Stuxnet was about. Entire nations could be plunged into darkness if cyber-criminals decided to target power plants.

2) The second cyber threat is the use of social networks to manipulate the masses. Social networks played a key role in coordinating the protests during last year’s Arab Spring. But networks can also be used to stage fake situations like f.e. a coup, creating worldwide panic.

3) The lack of well-established online voting systems is a real threat to democratic nations of the Western world. Young kids want to vote online.

4) Hacking attacks by groups like Anonymous, or by the organized crime. Website hacking, PC hacking and now mobile phone hacking.

5) No privacy. There’s Google street view, drones that silently fly overhead and take photos, CCTV cameras everywhere, online companies with a lot of personal data, etc.