Daily Archives: October 10, 2011

John Aglionby

Today, the Financial Times launches a three-day series looking at the growth of the cyber industrial complex. Joseph Menn, who writes about tech security and privacy from the San Francisco bureau, looks at the fast-growing start-ups in the sector — and the establishment defence groups that are swallowing them up. Check out our interative guide to M&A in the sector, and read about how hackers are going legit.
On Tuesday Joe will look at what an attack on the US grid would look like, while Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the internet, explains what he would do differently if he could start over from scratch. The third and final part of the series looks at the world of China’s secret cyber militias and whether global powers will ever agree on a treaty to govern internet warfare.

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Roula Khalaf

Egypt’s rulers are making a dangerous mess of the political transition. Long before the latest violence against Christian demonstrators – which left 24 people dead on Sunday night in Cairo – the military council which ousted Hosni Mubarak was losing the confidence of many of the activists who had seen it as their saviour.

On the surface, Monday’s violence was a reflection of the sectarian tensions that have flared up since the fall of the Mubarak regime, as attacks on churches by ultraconservative Muslims have escalated.

But they quickly turned into a condemnation of the military council ruling the country since the toppling of Mr Mubarak – and the Christian protesters were joined by Muslims. Read more