GCHQ chief talks of cyber attacks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Iain Lobban, director of the UK Government’s Communications Headquarters (better known as GCHQ), is making the headlines today after he spoke about the threat posed by internet attacks from cybercriminals and hostile nations.

British government departments receive more than 20,000 malicious emails every month, with 1,000 per month believed to be specifically targeted against government networks, Mr Lobban told the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Mr Lobban’s speech comes in the run-up to British government cutbacks expected to be announced next week. Earlier today, senior RAF officers were reported to be warning that the UK would be unable to defend its airspace if…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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