The UK government has announced it is building a “Cyber Reserve” to protect itself, and now it has a few more details to divulge reports Engadget.
Rather than focusing on defending the country from attacks, it’ll also have an “offensive capability” says the BBC. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain needs to be able to “strike back in cyber space against enemies who attack us, putting cyber alongside land, sea, air and space as a mainstream military activity.”
In December last year, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said 93% of large corporations and 76% of small businesses had reported a cyber breach in 2012.
Perhaps Lockheed should contract with GCHQ to prevent cyber attacks on the F-35 Program. Chinese hackers accessed F-35 designs after breaking into U.S. systems. China, which is modernizing its military, is investing in ways to overcome the U.S. military advantage, reports the Washington Post.
Of course GCHQ may not be amenable to do contract work for Boeing or Lockheed, since AirBus has had its own cyber attacks.
“The Department of Defense does engage” in computer network exploitation, according to an e-mailed statement to the Washington Post from an NSA spokesman. “The department does ***not*** engage in economic espionage in any domain, including cyber.”
But documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward J Snowden reveal that American intelligence agencies are conducting offensive cyberoperations against other nations, even as Obama administration protests attacks on American computer networks by China, Iran and Russia.
U.S. intelligence services are making routine use of government-built malware that differs little in function from the “advanced persistent threats” that U.S. officials attribute to China, according to reports by the Washington Post.