When causing chaos moves to the online world

A new way to wage war and guess who is at the forefront?

Warning of a “cyber arms race,” top web security firm McAfee says that China, France, Israel, Russia and the United States have developed cyber weapons.

“McAfee began to warn of the global cyber arms race more than two years ago, but now we’re seeing increasing evidence that it’s become real,” said Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive of McAfee on Tuesday.

“Several nations around the world are actively engaged in cyber-war-like preparations and attacks,” he said. “Today, the weapons are not nuclear, but virtual, and everyone must adapt to these threats.”

The Santa Clara, California-based McAfee, in its fifth annual Virtual Criminology Report, said China, France, Israel, Russia and the United States were countries that have developed “advanced offensive cyber capabilities.”

McAfee said cyber attacks were on the rise and “cyber warfare is a reality.”