By Chris Williams
22nd February 2010
Exclusive - A digital attack against the UK causing even minor damage
would have a "catastrophic" effect on public confidence in the
government, GCHQ has privately warned Whitehall.
The Cheltenham spy agency's new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC)
makes the prediction in a document prepared for Cabinet Office and seen
by The Register.
Growing reliance on the internet to deliver public services will
"quickly reach a point of no return", meaning "any interruption of
broadband access becomes intolerable and will have serious impacts on
the the economy and public well being", CSOC says.
"A successful cyber attack against public services would have a
catastrophic impact on public confidence in the government, even if the
actual damage caused by the attack were minimal," it adds.
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