GCHQ chief reports 'disturbing' cyber attacks on UK
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 31/10/2011 16:55
The UK has been subject to a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said.
Sensitive data on government computers has been targeted, along with defence, technology and engineering firms' designs, Iain Lobban said in the Times.
There was a "significant" unsuccessful internet-based attack on Foreign Office computer systems this summer, he added.
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