February 8, 2011

Hague calls for dialogue to avert Cyber-war

by Jan Harris

Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed a barrage of cyber-attacks on UK government officials.

Over the last few months the UK has been attacked by malware specifically designed to attack UK infrastructure, including a bogus email from the White House containing the Zeus Trojan.

Although the emails evaded filters, they were detected before they could compromise security, according to Mr Hague.

He is calling for an international code of conduct to be agreed, to prevent cyber-wars breaking out and has offered to host a conference to develop rules on how governments behave in cyber-space.

It has been revealed that the US and Israel worked together to develop the Stuxnet worm, which was designed to attack Iran’s nuclear fuel facility.

Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian ambassador to NATO, has called for an investigation into Stuxnet, which he claims could have resulted in a disaster on the scale of Chernobyl.

Mr Hague hopes to avoid a disastrous cyber-war through a “more comprehensive, structured dialogue”.

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