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06:50  23 october  2019
06:50  23 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Cyber attacks from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pose "strategic national security threats to the UK ", according to the CEO of the UK 's National Cyber Security Mr Martin said many attacks were " from hostile nation states " but that he was unable to give details even about "operational successes".

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) report for 2019 also said that whilst most Britons expect to be a victim of cyber crime, only Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive of the NCSC, said the department had defended the UK against more than 600 cyber attacks in the past year, many from hostile states

Ciaran Martin (UK National Cyber Security Centre) during CYBERUK held at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Ciaran Martin (UK National Cyber Security Centre) during CYBERUK held at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

Cyber attacks from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pose "strategic national security threats to the UK", according to the CEO of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Ciaran Martin also warned that "large-scale global cyber crime" was a threat to "our social fabric, our way of life and our economic prosperity", despite often being "low in sophistication".

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The NCSC, which is part of spy agency GCHQ, claims to have "handled" 658 attacks on 900 organisations, including schools, airports and emergency services.

Mr Martin said many attacks were "from hostile nation states" but that he was unable to give details even about "operational successes".

On Monday, NCSC published the results of a two-year investigation conducted with the US's National Security Agency (NSA), which accused a group - known as Turla - with suspected links to the Russian government of attacks on multiple countries.

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According to NCSC and NSA, Turla stole Iranian tools and infrastructure to obscure the origins its attacks.

NCSC did release some information about its domestic operations, including one which prevented hundreds of thousands of cases of fraud by alerting banks to stolen credit cards being sold online.

Known as Operation Haulster, it collected stolen credit cards then reported them to banks -- with the result that, NCSC claim, "victims of high-end cyber crime were protected before they lost a penny".

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This Annual Report, the third since NCSC was founded in 2016, is the first to break down incidents by sectors.

The sector affected by the most incidents was government, with academia in second place, followed by IT, managed service providers and - in joint fifth - health and transport.

Yet cybersecurity experts said that 658 attacks was small, compared to the number of cyber attacks launched every day, but differed on whether it was too low to be meaningful.

"Highly sophisticated attacks are using surgical precision, with near military levels of planning, preparation and execution," said Lewis Henderson, VP of Threat Intelligence at Glasswall Solutions Limited.

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"This explains the relatively low volume of attacks the NCSC are defending against... the avoidance of potentially catastrophic events can't be downplayed."

Raef Meeuwisse, author of Cybersecurity for Beginners, disagreed.

"The general standard of cybersecurity deployed by most commercial enterprises and government functions in the UK continues to be woefully inadequate. Yet, if we were to believe this report from the NCSC, everything is coming together just fine," he said.

"This report appears to be a self-congratulatory pat on the back at a time when the revenue from cybercrime is continuing to rise to new highs."

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