UK faces serious cyber threat: GCHQ

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.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 21:11 PM IST

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
said.

Iain Lobban, director of the Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ) said such attacks threatened Britain`s
economic future.

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
published today.

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.

PTI

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