The Chinese attack on Google was "one of the mostsophisticated ever seen" according to the head honcho of McAfee.
David DeWalt, CEO of the security vendor, said the recenthigh-profile attack should act as a wake-up call to governments andmultinationals about the potential threat from state-backed hackers intent onwreaking havoc.
"The Google attack was the most sophisticated we have everseen with the most complex attack vectors targeting networks with commercialimpact," he said.
He added that although the US was starting to ensure that itsmilitary, political and utility network was protected far too manyorganisations had yet to step up their defences.
"You hope [the recent China attack would stir someaction] but I don't think it has happened as much as we hope it has," he said.
McAfee was directly involved with fending off the attack butDeWalt said that the stakes in the security world were rising.
"When I became CEO three years ago I could go weeks before aglobal attack happened but now they are happening daily," he added "The worldis not a safe place."
Earlier this month The Chinese attack on Google forced the searchgiant to rethink its strategy in the country and forced Microsoft into rushingout a patch to fix vunerabilities the hackers used in Internet Explorer.