facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

MI-5 battling cyberattacks

June 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- British industry is being subjected to a large number of cyberattacks from criminals and other states, the head of the U.K. internal intelligence agency said.

In a rare public appearance, MI-5 Director General Jonathan Evans told the BBC his agency is working hard to counter what he termed an "astonishing" level of attacks.

"This is a threat to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of government information but also to business and to academic institutions," Evans said.

He made the comments during a speech Monday night at London's Mansion House.

Evans said this summer's 2012 Olympic Games are an attractive target for terrorist groups but added that security preparations are well under way.

He warned that the threat of terrorism did not evaporate with the death of Osama bin Laden.

"We seem to be moving from a period of deep and focused threat to one where the threat is less monolithic but wider," he said. "Today parts of the Arab world have once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaida."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
3
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
4
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
5
Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream Gazprom: Hungary ready for South Stream
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback