In April of this year Russian Federal Service for Telecoms Supervision, announced a public tender for developing Internet monitoring system. According to the tender, the budget for such system is 15 million rubles (about $530,000). the system needs to be developed by August 15, 2011 and the testing period should end on December 15, 2011.
In this paper, Desmond Ball, Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University of Canberra, goes in "defence" of China, arguing that the international threat posed by state-sponsored Chinese cyberspies is not nearly as serious as it´s generally thought to be.
Shawn Henry, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI, talked in Baltimore at the Information Systems Security Association International Conference about the cyber threat, the challenges it presents, and some alternative ideas for mitigating it.
Different interests among powerful states – stemming from different strategic priorities, internal politics, public-private relationships and vulnerabilities – will continue to pull the United States and European democracies at one end and China and Russia at another on how cyberspace should be used, regulated, and secured.
In fact, States disagree sharply over such issues as whether international laws of war and self-defense should apply to cyber attacks, the right to block information from citizens, and the roles that private or quasi-private actors should play in Internet governance.
Owen Pengelly, Deputy Director of Policy at the Office for Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Cabinet Office, said that a new cyber security strategy will be published in mid-November.