Russia has already established a "point of support" in Britain's online infrastructure


Britain is at the mercy of Russian hackers who are planning cyber attacks that could bring the country to its knees, warned politicians. There are ten attacks that occur every day, with many objectives of paralyzing areas such as the NHS, the national network and even parliament. And there's a constant increase in [Russia’s] attack appetite "in these areas, according to the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy.

Such is the gravity of the problem that the commission is now asking a certain minister of information security. He claimed that the United Kingdom needed a minister "who, as in a war situation, has the exclusive task of pooling the resources … and implementing the necessary measures to defend himself from the threat." has absolutely responded to the cyber "arms race", the commission has heard.In a report, the group said that ministers have a "totally inadequate" grip on the danger that hostile nations have posed to our critical national infrastructure (CNI) ). Last year saw cyberattacks in the health, telecommunications, energy and government sectors.The head of the National Cyber ​​Security Center, Ciaran Martin, told parliamentarians and peers of the commission that Russia has already established a point of support [in the UK’s internet infrastructure], an intrusion that you can use for ongoing espionage purposes or that can develop as the potential for a hostile, disruptive and destructive action in the future. "He also warned that Russia has begun to diversify its objectives to include "softer democratic institutions." But it is not only Russia that poses a serious threat, Britain is not ready to defend itself against hacking attacks from other nations such as North Korea, China and Iran. .

It is also believed that organized criminal groups are behind normal attacks on UK institutions. State-sponsored hackers are expanding from theft of secrets and theft of intellectual property and starting to explore offensive computer skills to damage, destroy or destroy their opponents' systems or networks, "according to the Cabinet. Organized criminal groups are also becoming as sophisticated and dangerous as national states in their computer skills and it has never been so easy and cheap to launch a catastrophic attack, the report suggests. In the last two years there have been 1,000 significant cyber attacks, about ten a week. Not everyone has targeted the CNI of the United Kingdom, but some as the WannaCry attack of May 2017 that paralyzed the NHS, have had a devastating impact. Despite the growing threat, Britain has not adequately protected such infrastructure from attacks and is not silver bullet 'to resolve the & # 39; evil problem, "concluded the committee. He noted that "too many networks are still insecure" and operating systems in some areas such as power substations and transport control rooms were often old, vulnerable to attack and difficult to fix.Steve Unger, chief technology officer at the regulator Ofcom communications, he told the committee: "Together with the government we must find a way to improve our game in this area in what is ultimately an arms race, but to do it in a way that is still available." Yesterday a spokesperson said: "Ensuring our critical national infrastructure is secure and resilient against cyberattacks is a priority for the government, that's why we're investing £ 1.9 billion to improve our IT capabilities." third of the hospitals remained paralyzed in the worst British cyber attack in May of last year. The WannaCry malware, thought to come from North Korea, has infected the computers of 81 health trusts. A ransom was requested to decrypt each computer. Almost 20,000 operations and appointments have been canceled and five A & Es have been closed. Last November, it was confirmed that state-backed Russian hackers infiltrated Britain's electricity grid in a failed plot to plunge the country into darkness. Hackers tried to guess 9,000 passwords of parliamentary e-mail accounts, including those of cabinet ministers, in June 2017. Iran was later blamed

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