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Politics blurring cybersecurity breakthroughs from security companies

Cybersecurity companies want to unveil espionage campaigns, and protect companies and governments, but politics seem to be getting in the way
By Michael Hatamoto from Mar 12, 2015 @ 16:09 CDT

The cybersecurity industry is an estimated $71 billion market that is growing at a rapid pace, with hackers targeting users - and increasingly sophisticated cyberespionage campaigns aimed at national governments.




Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity firm based in Russia, reportedly hesitated on at least two separate occasions before linking the Russian government to cybercriminal activities. Meanwhile, FireEye and CrowdStrike, two US security firms, have blamed China and Russia for organized cyber campaigns - but haven't accused the US for its cyberespionage efforts.


"Some companies think we should be stopping all hackers. Others think we should stop only the other guy's hackers - they think we can win the war," said Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist of the White Ops cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by Reuters.


More nations are finding success in developing cyberespionage campaigns, typically aimed at foreign rivals and private companies, while trying to spy and steal information. Cybersecurity companies must find allies in an increasingly political landscape, with some US companies refusing to sell their services to Russia and other foreign states - and foreign cybersecurity firms holding back information that incriminates their home nations.


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