Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Intelligence Chief explains “astonishing” levels of cyber-attacks


A news article on BBC has reported that MI5 is battling "astonishing" levels of cyber-attacks on UK industry. The intelligence agency's chief, Jonathan Evans, has warned internet "vulnerabilities" were being exploited by criminals as well as states.

"Vulnerabilities in the internet are being exploited aggressively not just by criminals but also by states," he said. "The extent of what is going on is astonishing."

"This is a threat to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of government information but also to business and to academic institutions," Mr Evans said.

"What is at stake is not just our government secrets but also the safety and security of our infrastructure, the intellectual property that underpins our future prosperity and... commercially sensitive information."

"We appear to be moving from a period of a deep and focused threat to one where the threat is less monolithic but wider," he said.

He also said greater collection of communications data will be allowed from social networks to tackle crimes, including terrorism.

"It would be extraordinary and self-defeating if terrorists and criminals were able to adopt new technologies... while the law enforcement and security agencies were not permitted to keep pace with those same technological changes," he said.

The last few months have seen high profile hack attempts, including the Flame Virus and 1.5 million password leaks by LinkedIn.

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