Dec 01 2007

MI5 warns banks of Chinese hackers

Published by at 7:08 am under Hacking for money,UK Attacks

Chinese hackers going after banks isn’t exactly unusual but the fact that the director-general of MI5 saw fit to send out a general letter of warning is out of the norm.  To me, it suggests that at that time (April), it was considered an imminent and wide-spread threat.  Also, it doesn’t warn the banks to double lock the vaults, it identifies the target as “commercially sensitive information”.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “MI5 warns banks of Chinese hackers”

  1. jumperon 04 Dec 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Official Response:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-12/04/content_6298214.htm

  2. Heikeon 04 Dec 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Jumper,

    Doesn’t that just scream, “admit nothing, deny everything, and launch counter-allegations.” The only other front person that has it this good and requires no change in script…Hawaii weather announcer.

  3. J.D. Abolinson 16 Dec 2007 at 11:43 pm

    For what it’s worth, the MI5′s Threats > Espionage page includes the following:

    The UK is a high priority espionage target and a number of countries are actively seeking UK information and material to advance their own military, technological, political and economic programmes.

    We estimate that at least 20 foreign intelligence services are operating to some degree against UK interests. Of greatest concern are the Russians and Chinese. The number of Russian intelligence officers in London has not fallen since Soviet times.

    From http://www.mi5.gov.uk/output/Page20.html

    No surprise at all.

    Another report about the MI5 alert can be read at
    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article2980250.ece
    That reports appears to give somewhat more detailed information about what was in the MI5-CPNI alert and the background of the alert.

  4. Heikeon 17 Dec 2007 at 7:02 am

    J.D.,

    Great having you here! J.D. runs a fantastic security blog over at http://jabolins.livejournal.com/ . I’ve also added him to the new links section in the sidebar.

    Later this afternoon I’ll post an intrusion into the UK government that happened in 2005.