[ISN] Cyber attacks will 'catastrophically' spook public, warns GCHQ

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:19:37 -0600 (CST)

By Chris Williams 
The Register
22nd February 2010

Exclusive - A digital attack against the UK causing even minor damage 
would have a "catastrophic" effect on public confidence in the 
government, GCHQ has privately warned Whitehall.

The Cheltenham spy agency's new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) 
makes the prediction in a document prepared for Cabinet Office and seen 
by The Register.

Growing reliance on the internet to deliver public services will 
"quickly reach a point of no return", meaning "any interruption of 
broadband access becomes intolerable and will have serious impacts on 
the the economy and public well being", CSOC says.

"A successful cyber attack against public services would have a 
catastrophic impact on public confidence in the government, even if the 
actual damage caused by the attack were minimal," it adds.


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