Hackers focus on tracking cyber warfare

A new breed of hackers are turning their attention to tracking the ravages of cyber warfare, the Washington Post reports.

A growing number of investigators are monitoring how Internet traffic is routed around the world. They spot where Web sites are blocked. But now they are tracking the emergency of cyberweapons.

Tracking wars isn't what many of the researchers, who call themselves "hacktivists," set out to do. Many began intending to help residents in countries that censor online content. But as the Internet has evolved, so has their mission.

The Washington Post story follows a group working out of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Lab director Ronald J. Deibert calls the organization a "global civil society counterintelligence agency" and describes the lab as the "NSA of operations."

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