Foreign secretary William Hague has outlined a series of malicious cyber attacks aimed at vital parts of the UK’s defence industry at a security summit in Munich today.
According to Silicon.com, a variation on the Zeus Trojan infected many devices inside the Foreign Office after links within misleading e-mails were opened. The large number of International figures were tricked into reading the fake e-mail which they believed was sent from the White House containing information on the Trident missile.
While experts were able to clear up the infection, many e-mails still managed to bypass initial security, and could, if left undetected for longer, have stolen vital and sensitive information on the nations defence projects.
Cyber crime was placed as a priority in the goverment’s National Security Straegy with £650m worth of funding being put into cyber security programmes.
Hague stated that he believes that fellow countries should use "more comprehensive, structured dialogue … to lay the basis for agreement on a set of standards on how countries should act in cyberspace"