The illegal use of digital technologies is a challenge of the 21st century. Cyberspace is increasingly being misused for criminal, power-political and intelligence-gathering purposes. Attacks via digital networks on infrastructure, such as power supply and telecommunications systems, can destabilise states. With the "National strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks", the country is taking action against threats emanating from the virtual domain.
These cyber risks include disturbances, manipulation, sabotage and specific attacks via electronic networks. These are the negative aspects of the information society.