Police chief warns of pending Jihadist cyber-attack threat to UK/US banks

Adrian Leppard, commissioner for the City of London police, has warned that banks in the U.K. and the U.S. are highly likely to be targeted for cyber-attacks by Jihadist concerns in the near future.

Speaking to the FT (paywalled), Leppard stated that he believes the U.K. needs to ‘push back’ now, and hinted at preventative measures. He also outlined the critical problem of under-reporting of criminal activity, including cyber-attacks, by financial institutions which consider themselves very sensitive to such publicity.

“Will we ever get the financial institutions to report to us?” Leppard wondered. “I think it’s going to be difficult and I think we are going to have to think about how we encourage that.” Leppard, the former Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police, appointed to the CoL Commissioner’s role at the start of 2011, suggests that it may eventually be necessary to criminalise non-disclosure of financial data breaches – a controversial suggestion that promises a extended spell in Parliament if mooted.

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