Army under threat from cyber attack

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Oscar71, Jan 9, 2013.

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  1. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    The sensitive stuff is (I understand) gapped - on internal intranet systems not directly accessible from the internet. On paper, that's totally secure.

    Anyone accessing the less secure systems is surely going to find they've hacked into the massive stashes of squaddie porn hidden away in the odd corners of hard drives.

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  2. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Back in the good old days*, before "cyber" became a prefix for anything web-related that people wanted to charge an extra 20% for, that word meant something completely different and a lot more fun.

    "u cyb0r?"

    * i.e. Before the Internet became cool and full of mongs with no respect for the e-Cosystem (see what I did there? I hereby claim that word as my own)
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    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer





    And SLR-armed for good measure, no wonder the Daleks always lost.
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  4. I still cry when I recall the first time I saw a PC in Tesco.
  5. I see the Department of Pulling Figures Out Of Its Arse is busy today.
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  6. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    Somehow I suspect the military systems are rather more secure that the governments own systems.

    I suspect industrial espionage goes far more damage to the UK than cyber attack on the military systems. It's far cheaper to hack into someone's computer network and steal the research than to do it yourself. There have been strong suspicions that the Chinese have been carrying out state sponsored industrial espionage for years.

    And I wonder how many MP's are being blackmailed by the Chinese because they've found kiddy porn on their computers?

  7. The PRC wouldn't even need blackmail. Email a remote access program to 100 politicians, or 100 employees of any business, and it's pretty certain at least one of them will install it. Or they could find an executive on LinkedIn, do the research, target that person and spoof an email from one of their colleagues.
  8. Meh...

    MOD's IT security is watertight, Atlas outages trump all.
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  9. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    True enough. You can't log in with a legit username and password so how the **** can you do it without?
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  10. msr

    msr LE

    Personally, I'd welcome Chinese hackers onto the DII network. They certainly couldn't make it any slower and I rather suspect they would speed it up.
  11. Its ok we have designed a system to counter-attack any threat, even got a satellite system with the appropriate name, so nothing to see into this story, move along!!

  12. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Ah, and there was me thinking it was Security Consultants spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (copyright IBM about 1965) so as to get more work.