Hacking expert warns over cyber espionage

The man considered the world’s best known hacker has said cyber espionage by nation states is a clear and present danger.

However, Kevin Mitnick, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for a time, said he was less concerned by the threat of cyber terrorism.

The former hacker, who now runs a cyber security consultancy business, said the ability of nation states to spy and break into communication networks is an ongoing threat.

“That I consider a clear and present danger because it is happening,” he said.


“As far as cyber-terrorism is concerned I haven’t seen it used to date.”

Commenting at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, where he is speaking and carrying out a live hack on stage this evening, Mr Mitnick said he believes Russian hackers did run a lot of operations on social networks to change people’s opinions about subjects during the last

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