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UK Announces "Cyber Strategy" 56

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the you-can't-handle-freedom dept.
concealment writes "The UK government has announced a 'cyber strategy' outlining its plans to make the UK a safe place to do business online. Not limited to merely defending against attacks, the strategy outlines plans to take aggressive, proactive online action against security threats and criminals. Stricter enforcement of Internet usage restrictions and recruitment of volunteer 'cyber-specials' are also planned." An interesting bit from the article: "In promising to undertake aggressive, military cyberattacks, the UK will be following in the footsteps of the U.S. and Israel — together the presumed creators of the Stuxnet worm — and China, a nation regularly accused of infiltrating and compromising both private and government organizations to extract information."
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UK Announces "Cyber Strategy"

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  • Do me a favour (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Viol8 (599362) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @11:25AM (#38214520)

    UK governments can't even stop foreign criminals walking through the doors at the airports, nevermind computer viruses with malicious intent coming along the wires. The ministers probably can't even spell "cyberwarfare" never mind understand how to counter it.

    And given the record we have of foaming at the mouth histrionic "rights" activists with brains the size of peanuts it wouldn't surprise me if some bunch of right-on swampies start a protest group for the right to existence free of persecution of said viruses and trojans.

  • Re:Do me a favour (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <mojoNO@SPAMworld3.net> on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @11:54AM (#38214904) Homepage

    And given the record we have of foaming at the mouth histrionic "rights" activists with brains the size of peanuts it wouldn't surprise me if some bunch of right-on swampies start a protest group for the right to existence free of persecution of said viruses and trojans.

    Actually those people don't really exist, they are a fantasy invented by foaming at the mouth Daily Mail journalists and their equally foamy readers.

    UK governments can't even stop foreign criminals walking through the doors at the airports, nevermind computer viruses with malicious intent coming along the wires.

    So do you advocate doing nothing? Contrary to what you believe some parts of our security services do work quite well. Of more concern is the apparent declaration of a cyber cold war. I makes me wonder who they intend to target, as presumably there is little point in hacking Chinese companies since they stole all their designs from us in the first place. Actually thinking about it that makes sense, why try to hack your allies for commercial intel when you can hack the Chinese and steal the stuff they already stole from them?

  • by jkyrlach (1076609) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @11:56AM (#38214926)
    If you are organizing a cyber division of your military, and one of your first inclinations is to alert the media. your more than likely are going to suck as as an administrator for said cyber division. Either that, or you are just hoping that the mere rumor you have such a division will deter would-be cyber combatants from picking you as a target.

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