British security services are fixing the increased number of cyber attacks on government agencies, first of all defence and foreign policy, aiming to steal secret data. This was reported by Ciaran Martin, head of GCHQ’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in an interview with The Sunday Times.
Martin noted, in particular, that the country fixes about 60 significant attacks every month, Russian-sponsored hackers are behind most of them, China is also posing threat.
At the same time, Martin added that more attacks is coming on “soft targets” such as local councils and charities to steal personal data, and universities to steal research secrets.
Martin is certain that at least part of these attacks in coordinated from Kremlin directly, which is trying to strengthen its influence in the West this way.
"Over the last two years there has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyber-space. Part of that step change has been a series of attacks on political institutions, political parties, parliamentary organizations and that’s all very well evidenced by our international partners and widely accepted."