The UK Gets Attacked by 1,000 Cyber Threats Monthly
Recently, the UK based Government Communications Headquarter disclosed that the nation's government computer networks are targeted by around 1000 cyber attacks monthly.
Explaining the matter GCHQ stated that it discovers around 20,000 infected e-mails inside the government computer networks each month, of which 1000 have been intentionally targeted to its departments, as reported by 'THE NEWS TRIBUNE' on 13th Oct. 2010.
Commenting on the whole matter, Iain Lobban, GCHQ Head highlighted that the malware that targeted at the U.K. had already caused considerable damage to the government's systems and that security officials were tracing the theft of intellectual property on a grand scale, as reported by 'TOP TECH NEWS' on 17th Oct. 2010.
Lobban explained cyber security as a matter that is directly linked with the economic well-being and national interest of a country.
Lobban further said that every single moment cyberspace faces a challenge. According to her every single minute cyber threats try to break through security and IT systems across the globe.
Furthermore, commenting on the joint efforts, Lobban highlighted that to be protected against these cyber attacks, governments, security firms, suppliers, and universities should form collaborations, as reported by 'GOOD GEAR GUIDE" on 14th Oct. 2010.
Revealing the harm caused by these cyber attacks GHCQ commented that the intellectual property, both military and commercial are being compromised on a grand scale, netizens are being targeted for monetary profits, and important infrastructure is at great risk, as reported by 'GOOD GEAR GUIDE" on 14th Oct. 2010.
However, some security experts think that the notion that the UK departments experience a mere of 1,000 targeted emails monthly isn't a fair estimate as it includes only known attacks.
Recommending counter measures, Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos commented that, users should be highly alert as they could be on a fake website that had been designed solely with the aims of stealing login credentials and then circulating those credentials via spam e-mails, as reported by 'PC ADVISOR' on 14th Oct. 2010.
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