By Chris Williams
1st October 2009
The UK government already has a "considerable" number of attackers and
defenders that make it a "major world power" in cyberwarfare, according
to a leading US expert.
Scott Borg of the Washington DC-based US Cyber Consequences Unit, a
well-connected research group, told The Register that the British
military and security services were on the lookout for talented amateur
hackers, but this was just "good recruiting practice".
Borg's sober assessment follows excited press reports of an MI5 teenage
hacker army and suggestions from the colourful security minister Lord
West that a cadre of "naughty boys" could be hired to defend UK
In fact, the UK's first national cyber security strategy, launched in
June, mostly involves reorganisation of existing capabilities. GCHQ, the
government's 5,000-strong electronic spy station in Cheltenham, will now
house the new Cyber Security Operations Centre to coordinate efforts.
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