UK: the real risk of cyber attack

By Stewart James Patrick Van Eecke

New revelations of the cyber threat to government and business identify the risk of attack even when stopping for a cup of coffee. The solution is not to restrict the use of mobile computing devices but to enable access in a safe, controlled and informed manner.

Earlier this year, a government department hosted a conference in a central London hotel on cyber security. It is probably not surprising, therefore, that this event, which was attended by government ministers, senior government security officials and a range of cybersecurity experts, vendors, media and other professionals, came under cyber attack itself. The attack was perpetrated through the use of the hotel’s free-to-use WiFi internet access and involved the use of a technique known as ARP poisoning to intercept and, in some cases, modify communications over that network.

The event’s organisers have investigated this attack and have advised delegates who used the WiFi network that their login details, and consequently their communications, may have been compromised by the incident…

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