British National Cyber Security Center, said the large number of hacker attacks, most of which is “Russian trace”. “Times” to understand, which the British government fears most, and why it took the Kremlin secrets of the kingdom.
Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cybersecurity Center (NTSKB) UK, said the massive hacker attacks allegedly by Russia aimed at stealing sensitive information in the field of defense and international relations. Martin stressed that Britain suffered 60 such attacks in the last month.
NTSKB was founded in October 2016 to ensure the protection of the private and public sectors from cyberthreats. In his first interview with his supervisor warned that
Russian online aggression priorities changed and now more attacking “soft targets” such as local councils, charities and universities.
The Russian Embassy in the UK immediately responded to the statement by Ciaran Martin in his Twitter : “The anti-Russian campaign and the news feykovye gaining momentum? In this statement, no facts, some assumptions. ”
Unlike the thousands of daily online crimes against UK citizens in order to steal money, big cyberthreats with the participation of Russian and Chinese hackers are aimed at stealing confidential data of the country.
According of The the Times , Ciaran Martin noted that during the period from December to February, the UK suffered cyberattacks 188 categories of “2” and “3”, each of which could result in the “hundreds of thousands” of phishing operations.
The head of the center of cybersecurity emphasized that
“It’s only a matter of time” before the country will shake the threat category “1”, similar to the hacker attack on the United States Office of Personnel Management, resulted in the leakage of the data of 20 million current and former government employees.
“In the case of public portals hackers trying to extract information about the internal politics of Great Britain, starting with energy, to diplomacy. If the attack is aimed at a private company, attackers aim to steal intellectual property, “- commented on the possible cyber threats Martin, who is also the Deputy Director of the Government Communications Headquarters – security services responsible for the management of electronic intelligence.
According to the report NTSKB, more media will appear in Russia, spreading phishing web news in the “disinformation” campaign of the Kremlin. According to experts, the news agency “Sputnik”, which opened an office in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the last year and a half has published 124 “false” notes.
The official noted that the surge in Russian hacker activity accompanies the Kremlin’s desire to “prove their strength and influence on the Western world.”
“We can not eliminate the threat, but we do not admit defeat, – Martin said. – Surrender is impossible, we have many opportunities to strengthen protection at all levels. ”
Chapter NTSKB also said it plans to make the UK the “most challenging target” for hacker attacks.
Despite the fact that Ciaran Martin said that the Russian trace in the recent cyber attacks “confirmed by our international partners,” he could not name a single case of hacking committed by hackers from Russia.
According to the RT , anti-Russian hysteria seized the US almost immediately spread to the UK.
In December 2016 the newspaper The Times stated that
“Moscow is preparing a massive attack aimed at reducing Britain by spying, disinformation, cyber attacks and create fake news”, citing an unnamed source in the British government.
Fear of Russian hackers in the UK sometimes lead to absurd situations, the government – for example, in October last year by the British Ministers banned from wearing “smart» Apple Watch watch from the fact that Russian hackers can use them as a listening device.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Krutskikh called such a ban “marasmus” and advised the British to break such an international “mentality” if they chudyatsya enemies at every turn.
Russian hackers in recent years have increasingly featured in the western press as a source of global cyber threats. Earlier, The Guardian reported that Moscow involvement in attacks on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which, however, no one was hurt. Russian online hacking accused countries such as Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and many others.