London: UK is facing a "real and
credible" threat from cyber attacks by hostile states and
criminals and government systems are targeted 1,000 times each
month, the head of Britain`s communications spy agency has
Iain Lobban, director of the Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ) said such attacks threatened Britain`s
He said some countries were already using cyber
assaults to put pressure on other nations.
"The threat is a real and credible one," Lobban said.
"Cyberspace is contested every day, every hour, every
minute, every second," he said in a rare speech which was
The internet lowered "the bar for entry to the
espionage game," he said, and its expansion increased the risk
of disruption to Britain`s critical infrastructure, such as
power stations and financial services.
A recent parliamentary report said GCHQ had indicated
that states such as Russia and China posed the greatest threat
of electronic attack on Britain.