Russia, now touted as the biggest threat to all western countries is once again in the news for all wrong reasons. Britain’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson claimed that a cyber attack from the said nation could kill millions of populace in Briton.
Giving an interview to ‘The Telegraph’, Williamson said that Russia is always in a thinking of giving pain to Briton. And it can do it not only by launching missiles and other artillery on the UK but also can initiate damage on the critical infrastructure of the nation causing thousands of death.
Gavin issued the warning at the start of a 5-month Armed Forces review which could deteriorate the relations between Russian and England even further.
Mr. Gavin said that since 2014, Russia has been spying on the critical infra of the UK such as energy lines and undersea interconnectors fueling the nuclear power grids. His perspective is that the nation led by Vladimir Putin is conducting espionage not only to learn about the strengths of the nation but also to find ways to exploit it.
And if this continues, it can bring in enough trouble not only to the current populace but also to the coming generations.
Readers of Cybersecurity Insiders have to notify a fact over here that the warning comes just after UK Intelligence Chief Ciaran Martin expressed his concern over UK’s exposure to Category One (C1) Cyber attacks launched by foreign nations. Martin said in an interview to ‘The Guardian’ that his nation’s critical infrastructure including those from banking sector was vulnerable to C1 cyber attacks launched mainly by state-funded actors of North Korea and Russia.
Now, the same concern has been expressed by Gavin Williamson- the Defense secretary of UK.
From here the question arises on how well is the United Kingdom prepared to cyber attacks launched by foreign nations?