UK Being Hit by an "Astonishing" Number of Cyber-Attacks, Says MI5 Boss

By Gary Cutlack on at

The mouse-pushers in charge of our national security have gone on the record about the number of hacks hitting our businesses and systems, with MI5 boss Jonathan Evans painting a bleak picture of the ongoing battle against cyber-attackers.

Evans claimed that vulnerabilities are being exploited not only by angry teenagers but also by states, resulting in what he described as "industrial-scale" attempts to extract and compromise confidential information from the IT departments of the nation.

Evans said: "This is a threat to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of government information but also to business and to academic institutions ... What is at stake is not just our government secrets but also the safety and security of our infrastructure, the intellectual property that underpins our future prosperity and... commercially sensitive information."

Either he's been playing too much Metal Gear Solid recently, or we are indeed on the brink of getting hacked to pieces. [BBC]

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