UK spies target Beijing online to counter cybersecurity threats swiftly

May 17, 2024
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Stifling Beijing in cyberspace is now the British intelligence’s number one mission, surpassing the focus on Russia. The annual CYBERUK conference highlighted the escalating threat from China and the need for the UK to invest more resources in combating this evolving cyber threat. The event emphasized the urgency for building cyber resilience and out-innovating China within a limited timeframe before their dominance in cyberspace becomes uncontrollable.

Article Summary:

British intelligence unit, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), highlighted the escalating threat from China as the new main focus of cyber operations at the annual CYBERUK conference.

  • The event showcased discussions around future security technology, AI, and post-quantum cryptography.
  • The event revealed that more resources are being spent on tackling China than any other single mission at GCHQ, signaling a major shift in attitudes towards cybersecurity.

The UK faces cyber threats from groups like APT31 and Volt Typhoon, with Volt Typhoon linked to attacks on critical national infrastructure networks.

The urgency for building cyber resilience and out-innovating China within a limited timeframe was underlined, highlighting the need for collaboration across academia, private and public sectors to combat evolving cyber threats.

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