gfxgfx
 
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
gfx gfx
gfx
76555 Posts in 13441 Topics by 2084 Members - Latest Member: MagixMark October 25, 2020, 11:30:55 am
*
gfx*gfx
gfx
WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  UK is under cyber-attack
gfx
gfxgfx
 

Author Topic: UK is under cyber-attack  (Read 782 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline DaBees-Knees

  • WMW Team
  • *****
UK is under cyber-attack
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:42:16 am »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12371056

Quote
Attempts by cyber-criminals and hostile intelligence agencies to attack the British government have been outlined by the foreign secretary.

William Hague told a conference in Munich how government computers had been infected by a virus last year. He also detailed an attempt to steal data from a UK defence contractor.

Mr Hague claimed cyberspace was providing "rich pickings" for criminals and urged governments to move faster to counter the threat. In his speech, Mr Hague went into detail about some of the recent attacks to which systems in the UK have been exposed.

Some computers belonging to the British government had been infected with the "Zeus" computer virus, he said, after users had opened an e-mail purporting to come from the White House and followed a link.  Mr Hague said: "Our experts were able to clear up this infection but more sophisticated attacks such as these are becoming more common."

Defence contractors in the UK were also being targeted, the foreign secretary said, describing an attempt by someone masquerading as an employee of another defence firm to send a malicious file designed to steal information.

'Hostile state agency'

Mr Hague also said that last month three of his staff had been sent an e-mail apparently from another colleague in the Foreign Office.  In fact the e-mail was "from a hostile state intelligence agency" and contained "code embedded in the attached document that would have attacked their machine." The foreign secretary said the e-mail had been prevented from reaching its intended targets.

"These are the kind of threats we are now facing every day," he said. Mr Hague said these kinds of cyber-threats called for a "global response", with like-minded countries agreeing standards of behaviour on the internet.

He added that the UK was determined to be at the forefront of attempts to safeguard liberties on the net, but warned that many countries were "actively working against us in a hostile manner."

Now he knows what it's like for a normal user.  :lol:

Offline White Stripes

  • Core
  • *****
  • ***
  • Je suis aimé
Re: UK is under cyber-attack
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 01:57:02 pm »
normal user yes.... problem with governments tho is they overreact to the point of sheer paranoia when it comes to things they dont fully understand (do politicians ever fully understand anything?)... and take some of the most ass backwards approaches to the 'problem' .... :/

Offline Bluey_412

  • Forum Member
  • I'm Watching...
Re: UK is under cyber-attack
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 04:11:04 pm »
Quote
He added that the UK was determined to be at the forefront of attempts to safeguard liberties on the net...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Riggggggggggggggggggggght!!!!!

Checks that the pigs are nicely warmed up, fuelled, and in position ready for take-off...
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

Just remember that...

Offline GhostShip

  • Ret. WinMX Special Forces
  • WMW Team
  • *****
Re: UK is under cyber-attack
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 07:06:30 pm »
One has to wonder what this guy is smoking , the rest of us all have to deal with such potential attacks daily and yet the UK gov get a few dodgy emails and then throw a wobbler like theres an all out cyber war going down, is he really this dense ?

Offline Bluey_412

  • Forum Member
  • I'm Watching...
Re: UK is under cyber-attack
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 01:45:58 am »
Is that a Rhetorical question or do you REALLY want an answer?
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

Just remember that...

WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  UK is under cyber-attack
 

gfxgfx
gfx
©2005-2020 WinMXWorld.com. All Rights Reserved.
SMF 2.0.17 | SMF © 2019, Simple Machines | Terms and Policies
Page created in 0.031 seconds with 23 queries.
Helios Multi © Bloc
gfx
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!