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Europe: Cyber Security

A recent report from America’s National Security and Intelligence Center has accused Russia and China of cyber attacks. This comes only a few months after North Korea was accused of similar attacks against the Sony corporation, an affair which again led to tensions at the highest political level.

The European Commission survey highlighted here moves away from such headlines to the level of the ordinary member of the public. With the Internet now so much a part of daily life for the majority of European citizens (although with some significant differences in access between Member States), it seeks to establish their main uses of the Internet, awareness of personal security issues and what measures they have taken to protect themselves against cyber criminals.

There appears to have been some growth in awareness and consequently a greater adoption of security measures (e.g. changing passwords) (Docuticker editors)

World Nuclear Forces

"At the start of 2012, eight states possessed approximately 4400 operational nuclear weapons. Nearly 2000 of these are kept in a state of high operational alert. If all nuclear warheads are counted—operational warheads, spares, those in both active and inactive storage, and intact warheads scheduled for dismantlement—the USA, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel together possess a total of approximately 19 000 nuclear weapons."  Stockholm International Peace Institute

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