Russia and China targeting UK Defense and Foreign Secrets via Cyber Attacks


Britain is said to be facing high profile cyber attacks on a weekly note from Russia and China. Ciaran Martin, the head of National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of London feels that the main aim of the state-sponsored hackers might be to steal Defense and Foreign policy secrets.

National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of UK is yet to be officially opened by the queen. But it became operational in October 2016 and works under the parent organization of Government Communication Headquarters of United Kingdom. NCSC primarily helps public and private entities on how to avoid cyber attacks.

In an interview to Sunday Times, Mr. Martin said that Russia is showing online aggression against western countries these days and making the UK and its allies as prime targets.

Last week, Philip Hammond, gave an interview to Sunday Telegraph where he divulged the same and added that Britain’s cyber security teams have succeeded in blocking 34,550 potential cyber attacks on government departments in the past six months- mainly coming from Russia.

It is a known fact that Russia is also facing allegations from US authorities on influencing its 2016 US Election Results. Now, UK happens to be the latest nation to screech against Russia’s hyper activeness in cyberspace.

“In general, Nations indulge in such activities in order to know the intentions of the countries which have conflicting views on certain issues and topics. But Russia and China are two such nations which can stoop to any levels in order to gain supremacy in the world in all formats”, said Ciaran Martin.

Mr. Martin added that China is more interested in launching cyber attacks on Internet of Things like Smart TVs and CCTV networks, while Russia wants to go for a big share by snooping into other nations Defense and Foreign Secrets.

More details are awaited!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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