Alarm over disturbing surge in UK cyber attacks


Diana Pilkington
The Independent

October 31, 2011

Cyber attacks on the Government, the public and industry are at “disturbing” levels, according to the director of Britain’s biggest intelligence agency.

Iain Lobham, of the Government’s listening centre, GCHQ, warned that the “UK’s continued economic wellbeing” was under threat.

Writing in the Times, he said sensitive data on government computers had been targeted, along with defence, technology and engineering firms’ designs.

He revealed there had been “one significant (but unsuccessful) attempt on the Foreign Office and other government departments this summer”.

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