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UK 'has cyber attack capability'

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posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 02:34 PM
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UK 'has cyber attack capability'


news.bbc.co.uk

The UK has the ability to launch cyber attacks but does not use it for industrial espionage like some other countries, minister Lord West has said.

He refused to be drawn on whether it was used for military purposes.
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posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 02:34 PM
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Some very interesting gems in this story.
How,for example do GCHQ headhunt some of their staff?
Lets see...

Future targets

They had not employed any "ultra, ultra criminals" but needed the expertise of former "naughty boys", he added.

"You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff... If they have been slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other naughty boys," he said.

He also confirmed that the government had developed the capability to strike back at cyber attacks, although he declined to say whether it had ever been used.


Also,there is this from the liberal democrats:

Ethics panel

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Tom Brake said: "This new cyber security strategy could lead to an extension of the government's invasive counter-terrorism powers which already pose significant threats to our civil liberties.

"The cyber security strategy uses broad, undefined terms that risk creating panic among the public and a demand for further government powers. We must not retreat into a Cold War mentality."


So GCHQ are employing young hackers.("naughty boys,but not too naughty")

Take that China,DPRK,Iran etc etc.


news.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 03:02 PM
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Its a White Hat / Black Hat situation - or put more simply to catch a thief you set a thief.

For years there has been a course run by the EC Council in Hacking techniques - New Horizons - the worlds largest IT training company offers the course (I know I sold it)

The course is based on acquiring the knowledge to use it against the hackers - so I would hope GCHQ has plenty of these people qualified to counter attack by simply being able to initiate an attack themselves.

Given they have these skills then its not a leap of the imagination to conclude they can be use offensively as well as for defence.

What matters is how and when such offensive skills are warranted or even called upon.



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