Hackers work for UK National Cyber Force (NCF) made hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards useless for criminals, according to head of GCHQ, Sir Jeremy Fleming.
The operation meant “dozens of millions of pounds in possible scam” against British economy managed to escape, the head of intelligence said at the Cyber UK conference. in Newport.
ministry of defense and GCHQ operatives “deployed operations to undermine [criminals’] networks and prevent them from profiting from their crimes, as well as denying them access to their cyber tools and malware,” he said.
“Through the NCF, we actively undermine cybercriminals’ assumption that they can act with impunity on Internet. We prevented criminals by making them clear that they are being watched and pursued ability profit from illegal activities,” he said. in rare mention of operational activities.
Although no details were given about these operations, they were given as an example. of lawful and lawful hacking, in contrasts sharply with attacks on Ukraine what the UK blamed on Russia.
Perhaps the most significant of attacks on Ukraine took place on on the same day that Russian military forces entered the country, when malware was removed from the satellite broadband routers of Viasat customers. was blown up, making them virtually useless.
attack had significant side effects affecting 5,800 wind turbines. in Germany operated by Enercon which used Viasat for remote monitoring and control.
Western officials did not officially blame Russia for this is an attack, although they blame the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of cyber attacks aimed at financial sector in Ukraine.
War in Ukraine “at the front” of all of our minds,” Sir Jeremy said at the conference, adding: “The suffering and wider humanitarian consequences are terrible as we see the consequences of indiscriminate war and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s miscalculations play out on in battlefield.”
The Russian concept of “cyber warfare”over-bloated’
Sir Jeremy added: “This is already great feature of this war just how lot information about behavior and tactics of Russian troops out in in public domain.
“AND how The Western Allies provided a lot of intelligence for challenge and go of Putin’s actions,” the intelligence chief said. added.
“This is a modern war that has been influenced by democratization. of information. And, fortunately, Ukrainians succeed in this – we are proud of it. playing our part in supporting their efforts,” he said.
In speech in Australia last month, sir jeremy declassified intelligence revealed exposing the Russian military disadvantages: “We saw Russians soldiers – short of weapons and morale – refusal to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shot down own plane.
On Tuesday he added: “Perhaps the concept of “cyber warfare” has been overhyped. But there are many of cyber oh, including range of activities that we and partners have attributed to Russia. We have seen what it looks like like some spill over of activities that affect others countries.
“And we have seen signs that Russian cyber operators continue to look for for goals in countries that are contrary to their actions.
“That is why we have stepped up our efforts to ensure British businesses and government urgently raise the level of cyber resilience. And why, with our allies, we will continue support Ukraine in support up their cyber defenses.