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Cyber threat to Britain is 'real and credible'

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Oct 2010 1:20 User comments (3)

Cyber threat to Britain is 'real and credible' The head of Britain's electronic spying agency has warned that Britain is vulnerable to cyber attacks from hostile states or criminals that could adversely affect critical infrastructure. Iain Lobban, Director of British intelligence gathering facility GCHQ, said in a speech that targets such as power grids and emergency services are increasingly vulnerable due to the rapid growth of the Internet and technology.
"The threat is a real and credible one," he told an audience in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "We already provide expert advice and incident response to the operators of critical services. We must continue to strengthen these capabilities and be swifter in our response, aiming to match the speed at which cyber events happen."

Of the millions of malicious e-mails that target computer users all of the world, about 1,000 are directly targeted at government systems, according to Lobban. Britain's critical national infrastructure that could be vulnerable include its mass communication services, financial services, health and transport. Lobban also warns about cyber threats that could damage the British economy.

"A knowledge economy needs to protect from exploitation the intellectual property at the heart of the creative and high-tech industry sectors," he said.

His warning comes as ministers weigh spending on defense and public services, with the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government looking to cut Britain's deficit as soon as possible. Protecting against cyber threats, Lobban argues, is not solely a national security or defense issue, but, "goes right to the heart of our economic well-being and national interest."

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3 user comments

113.10.2010 3:08

LOL does anyone really believe anything our government says anymore?

be scared ppl. let your government censor the web and spy on your every move!

remember its only terrorism when they do it!

Originally posted by George Orwell:
political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, & to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Oct 2010 @ 3:09

213.10.2010 3:58

I agree with davidike,not interested.They just want a dumb down society.

313.10.2010 3:59

I agree with davidike,not interested.They just want a dumb down society.

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