GCHQ – not too far from my home base – is reporting that the Uk has come under a heavy onslaught of web based attacks in the past few weeks; so much so in-fact that they labeled it “disturbing”.
Head of British Intelligence gathering at GCHQ, Iain Lobban, has said that as well as government systems being targeted in the past few months, that there was a concerted effort against the home office over the summer. After criticism of how the government was handling this situation, foreign Secretary William Hague has called a conferance on this sort of attack to try and discuss a means of improving UK online security.
Mr Loban was quoted as praising Mr Hague’s quite universal approach, saying that countries must work together to target this sort of thread.
“The volume of e-crime and attacks on government and industry systems continues to be disturbing,” he wrote.
“I can attest to attempts to steal British ideas and designs – in the IT, technology, defence, engineering and energy sectors, as well as other industries – to gain commercial advantage or to profit from secret knowledge of contractual arrangements.”
“Such intellectual property theft doesn’t just cost the companies concerned; it represents an attack on the UK’s continued economic wellbeing.”