At the same time as I was reading about Mastercard’s woes with their card numbers, this story was on the Financial Times. The British Government is saying that nearly 300 government departments and businesses are under constant sophisticated electronic attack, and have been for several months.
“We have never seen anything like this in terms of the industrial scale of this series of attacks,” said Roger Cumming, director of NISCC, which protects critical infrastructure from electronic threats.
“This is not a few hackers sitting in their bedrooms trying to steal bank account details from individuals. This is aimed at organisations, targeted at gaining information and is extremely well organised and well structured.”