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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 14:54

UK government prepares for Cyberwar

Written by Nick Farell
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Shooting the script kiddies
The Blighty government is placing sandbags around its servers, installing searchlights, barrage balloons and reading itself to fight script kiddies on the beaches. The UK fears that when it extradites Wikileaks Julian Assange to Sweden to face his accusers in a controversial sex case, the likes of 4Chan and Anonymous will "go mental".

To be fair to the government, there is nothing it can do. If it ignored Europe's extradition procedure and hung onto Assange, it would be giving the green light to every villian to move to blighty. There they can defend against extradition to their homeland on the basis that "if it is good enough for Assange it is good enough for a father stabbing, mother raping, drug dealer." So all Whitehall can do is shore of the defences and hope it can ride
the coming storm.

Extra security measures have been added to a host of government web services, in particular those used to claim benefits or provide tax information. The theory is that the entire world of 4Chan will blitz blighty.

The anger of Assange's supporters is likely to be increased by a claim from his British lawyer yesterday that a grand jury has been secretly empanelled in Virginia to consider charges against the Australian over the diplomatic telegrams. Internet activists have already targeted the website of the Swedish judicial authorities bringing the sex charges allegations against Assange.

Whitehall is expecting a hack into databases or a distributed denial-of-service (DdoS) attack. Part of Whitehalls problem is a stupid Coalition government directive to "save money" by not updating Internet Explorer. Whitehall is now stuck with a geriatric version of IE which is so full of bugs that Microsoft does not want to have anything to do with it.

Of course the millions of pounds of damage that Anonymous will do thanks to this "saving" does not seem to have occurred to the Coalition. It would appear that Britain has not been so ably lead in a war since Lord Cardigan thought it was a good idea to charge his Light Brigade at the wrong guns during the Crimean war.

A spokesman for David Cameron's office said that the priority would be websites where we are dealing with information that belongs to members of the public. So if 4Chan attacks the databases or internal networks they will be unprotected.

There is little that Whitehall can do against a DoS attack on a website if it is determined enough.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 GrumpyOldMan 2010-12-14 15:55
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Cyber-warfare is something all governments must take seriously. The fact that they did not upgrade IE does make them vulnerable.

But......

It's not like the UK is harboring a Chinese anti-communist leader in exile. Because, I think, that would be worse than a live TV showing objects being inserted into the ass of Osama Bin Laden.

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+4 #2 Morse 2010-12-14 17:06
why are they attacking uk govt/visa/paypal/amazon???
the guys behind it all is us govt 100% all the way, they are the ones directly attacking wikileaks and putting pressure on everyone to shun them. But these hacking groups are hitting everyone EXCEPT us govt?
 
 
+3 #3 mrgerbik 2010-12-14 22:38
I think this goes alot deeper then JUST the US Gov't (whatever government means).

I think Julian is just another patsy for something larger.

Most people can't fathom such things because they dont see it on BBC or NBC news - so it CANT be true ROFL!
 
 
+5 #4 GrumpyOldMan 2010-12-15 18:52
Quoting Morse:
why are they attacking uk govt/visa/paypal/amazon???


Ahh yes, the proverbial question.

Q: Why do dogs lick their balls?

A: Because they can.

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