Cyber security: Nation-state cyber attacks threaten everyone, warns ex-GCHQ boss

The dynamics of cyber warfare have changed so dramatically that nation-state attacks are now a problem everyone needs to face up to, the former head of the UK’s intelligence agency has warned. “Five years ago we were aware of nation-state attacks but we would’ve seen them as something that only a nation-state needs to worry about. Today they’re a problem for everybody, as we’ve seen over the last year,” said Robert Hannigan, who served as director general of GCHQ from 2014 to 2017.

Those cyber campaigns blamed on nation-states in the last year include the WannaCry ransomware outbreak – which has been attributed to North Korea – and a Russian-government backed campaign targeting home routers across the west which US and UK authorities warn is designed to conduct espionage and potentially lay the groundwork for future offensive cyber operations.

Read more about the insights Hannigan shared during a speech at the Infosesecurity Europe conference in London, on ZDNet.