Is critical infrastructure now vulnerable? Former GCHQ chief on the new cyber threat

All that millennial ‘prepping’ might come in useful when a rogue state takes down the power grid, cuts off the water supply, backs up the sewage…well, you get the picture…:

[…] Few people are better placed to answer than David Omand. He was head of GCHQ, the government’s central intelligence, security and cyber agency, as well as the UK’s first intelligence and security co-ordinator and permanent secretary at the Home Office. He spent seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee and is now a visiting professor in war studies at King’s College London. We met at the Prospect offices in June and started by discussing the most serious threat: rogue governments.

As the number of “cyberattacks by hostile states has gone up,” Omand said, leaning back in his chair, there is a “recognition that with modern attack methods, you can’t guarantee to keep the bad guys outside the perimeter.” He spoke slowly, pausing sometimes to choose his words carefully, as befits a former intelligence chief.

The classic high-level threats include sabotage, espionage, theft and also the distribution of misinformation intended to confuse. “The digital age we’re in makes it easier and cheaper. The risk is going up. And the cost to the nation doing this to us is going down.”

Alarmingly, “there is evidence that critical infrastructure, power grids, telecommunications and so on, have been pretty well reconnoitred by states like Russia and China. That is certainly true of the United States. And so the possibility of sabotage arises.”


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