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Cyber Hackers Target UK

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

By Kevin Coleman

Defense Tech Chief Cyber War Correspondent

Massive electronic attacks by foreign intelligence services have targeted the security of many of Britain’s largest companies, according to UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). The ISC went on to say that in many cases, the attacks have been successful. The objective was to steal government, defense and technology information.

The ISC went on to warn the threat posed was a matter demanding the highest priority and attention. The ISC blamed the attacks on government-backed hackers from China and Russia and even said that Islamist terrorists were also behind some of the attacks.

ISC is not the only one expressing concern. Foreign states and terrorist groups are regularly launching cyber attacks on the UK’s computer systems with the potential to cause widespread damage, according to the British government’s security czar. Lord West, parliamentary under-secretary for security and counter-terrorism, said the UK was under daily cyber attack.