British Defense Ministry under steady barrage of cyberattacks

Organization defended its people and resources against more than 1,000 potentially serious cyberattacks last year

The British Defense Ministry is engaged in a “continuous battle” with foreign intelligence agencies and criminal organizations bent on exploiting its users, corrupting its systems and stealing sensitive information, said British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, reports Agence France-Press.

The defense ministry blocked and investigated more than 1,000 potentially serious cyberattacks in 2010, Fox told a group of business leaders June 7 in London.

One of the major concerns is protecting intellectual property exchanged in the course of defense contracting, which is at risk from “systematic marauding” by those behind the cyberattacks, he said.

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