UK Defense Ministry Suffers Cyber Attack Via Facebook


In early March, reports surfaced that U.S. and British leaders had mistakenly accepted Facebook friend requests from an illegitimate profile of NATAO Senior Commander and U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis.

Similar methods have now led to compromise of information from the U.K. Defense Ministry’s top secret system, AOL Government reports. 

Stavridis has been the subject of many similar schemes in the past, as has NATO and the U.K. 

The previous attack on NATO had officials pointing their fingers at China, which government contractor Northrop Grumman has done as well, suggesting the nation was attempting to gather information about U.S. and U.K. military leaders.

However, the U.K. has yet to accuse or speculate who is behind this recent incident.

The report notes the U.K. is also in talks with the Chinese government in order to determine rules for cyber engagement. 

Major Gen. Jonathan Shaw said cyber attacks are on an upward curve and that many similar attacks have likely occurred undetected by organizations. 

Shaw indicated the MoD budget will decrease in years to come, but cybersecurity will be an exception to that rule.

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