Governments invest in cyber war

ChinaA report from ABI Research estimates that military forces, government agencies and private defence contractors will spend $10 billion on cybersecurity this year.

And some of that money will be spent on producing offensive cyber weapons.

Michela Mentining, a research director at ABI, said: “The commoditisation of a legitimate exploits market underpins the next generation of cyber warfare technologies.”

She said a portion of the $10 billion will go on creating cyber offensive weapons including covert surveillance programmes and the acquisition of zero day vulerabilities.

The major players globally are the USA, China and European countries, she said, with a multitude of vendors more than ready to spend taxpayers’ money on such weapons.