Cyber attack on UK’s Defence Academy had ‘significant’ impact, officer in charge at the time reveals

A cyber attack – possibly by China or Russia – hit the academic arm of the UK’s Ministry of Defence and had a “significant” impact, the officer in charge at the time has revealed.

Air Marshal Edward Stringer, who retired from the armed forces in August, said the “sophisticated” hack – discovered last March – prompted the Defence Academy to accelerate plans for its entire network to be rebuilt and made more resilient.

He said he did not know whether criminals or a hostile state were responsible, but a primary concern had been if the hackers had tried to use the Defence Academy as a “backdoor” to penetrate much more secret parts of the MOD’s IT systems.

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Source: Sky News