A joint operation involving intelligence agency GCHQ and the Ministry of Defense has taken direct action against computer networks used by cybercriminals, helping to protect people from cyber attacks and also returning hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards worthless to the crooks who stole them.
The action of the National Cyber Force – using the combined resources of the MoD and GCHQ – was revealed by Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ.
“Through the National Cyber Force, we are actively undermining cybercriminals’ assumption that they can operate with impunity on the internet. We have disrupted criminals, making it clear that they are being watched and continuing their ability to enjoy their work,” he said at the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Cyber UK event in Newport, Wales.
Fleming described how the NCF – which was first announced in 2020 and received official headquarters in 2021 – is working alongside international partners to actively mount operations to “undermine” cybercriminal networks, denying them access to malware and other offensive cyber tools and prevent malicious hackers from profiting from cyber crime – all to help protect citizens from cyber attacks and fraud.
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“In real life, this means: tens of millions of pounds of potential fraud against the UK economy averted. Hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards rendered worthless to criminals, and countless potential victims of fraud. criminals in the world with their data and accounts protected,” said Fleming. He did not specify how it was done.
“The NCF is already making a big impact. Whether it’s countering misinformation, supporting the activities of our military overseas, or helping law enforcement pursue criminal gangs, it’s improving the UK defenses and imposes a cost on our adversaries,” he added. he added.
Active NCF operations are only part of a national cybersecurity strategy designed to help protect people, organizations and infrastructure from cyberattacks.
Another key aspect of this approach detailed by the head of the intelligence agency is the importance of cybersecurity skills, as well as finding and training people from diverse backgrounds to draw on their own experiences to help protect UK against cybercriminals – and other hostile cyber threats.
“The talent in the community today is huge. But if the UK is to continue to be successful, we need to broaden the appeal of careers in cyber,” said Fleming.
“Together, we must work to attract the next generation of talent from as diverse a pool as possible, from across the country. The range of lived experiences this will bring to the workforce will make us collectively better,” he added.
Concluding his speech, Fleming highlighted the importance of cybersecurity and protection against all sorts of threats that the UK and much of the world are expected to face in the years to come.
“The global changes we are witnessing will take decades to resolve. And while I cannot predict how things will play out, I can confidently say that cybersecurity and cybersecurity will continue to be critical,” he said. -he declares.