Gchq News, Articles and Updates

InfoSec 2018: Hannigan - not cyberwar, but Russian cyber-conflict underway

With increasing volume and sophistication of attacks by our usual adversaries, alongside commoditised pricing and IOT, what level of panic should we give our customers?

GCHQ head discloses offensive cyber campaign against ISIS, lambastes Russia

GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming acknowledged that the agency recently coordinated a major cyber-offensive operation against ISIS, significantly crippling the terrorist group's ability to recruit and coordinate attacks online.

Cyber-attack threat as important as fighting terrorism says GCHQ

"Digital is the new frontline of national security, commented Rob Norris in response to reports of GCHQ head Jeremy Fleming describing how keeping the UK safe from cyber-attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism.

MI5 deputy director general Jeremy Fleming appointed director of GCHQ

Jeremy Fleming, deputy director general of MI5, has been appointed to succeed Robert Hannigan as director GCHQ today.

CyberUK 2017: GCHQ director explains NCSC ethos in parting interview

Outgoing director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, tells the FT's Lionel Barber about the genesis of the National Cyber Security Centre and what he hopes it will achieve.

Kremlin seeks to sway British public opinion?

The head of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has written to political parties warning of potential Russian-backed hacking to sway the British electorate.

GCHQ startup accelerator launches today

Seven startups, focusing on online security issues and threats, will join the new GCHQ Cyber Accelerator. Each startup will receive benefits including access to technological and security expertise, networks, office space and mentoring.

New cyber-academy formed to fast-track next generation of security experts

GCHQ-certified programme will quickly give students cutting-edge cyber-security skills to help make UK the safest place to live and do business online.

As Amazon uncovers login credential list online, does controversial GCHQ password advice still stand?

The unveiling of a new surprise from Amazon may tell us surprising new things about the continuing usefulness of passwords, so does GCHQ's landmark advice still stand?

National Cyber Security Centre HQ operational

The UK's new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) officially opens for business today as a public-facing part of GCHQ that acts as a focal point for the government to deliver authoritative advice on tackling cyber-security issues.

GCHQ planning use of DNS filters to curb cyber-attacks

Boss of GCHQ and the new NCSC has revealed plans that the spy agencies are planning to partner with UK ISPs to use DNS filtering to curb cyber-attacks.

Concern about Chinese involvement at Hinkley Point is misdirected, say experts

Experts say that government concerns over cyber-security at the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point are misdirected and that the Chinese are not the real worry.

GCHQ sets out 'operational case' for bulk collection

GCHQ has released a new document advancing the 'operational case' for bulk collection, arguing that fighting terrorism is only part of the picture.

UK Parliament passes Investigatory Powers Bill

Most MPs in the UK House of Commons have agreed to pass the Investigatory Powers Bill, in a vote of 444-69 in favour, most Labour MPs who had appeared to be against the bill voted in favour of it.

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

GCHQ's infosec unit CESG was credited with the discovery of two vulnerabilities that were patched by Apple last week.

New NCSC partnering with Bank of England for cyber-security in finance

When it opens later this year, the UK's new national cyber centre (NCSC) will be collaborating with the Bank of England in regard to new cyber-security guidance for financial firms.

ICYMI: NatWest gets 'smished', Locky runs rampant and more

In this week's In Case You Missed It, we look back at NatWest 'smishing' scams, Locky runs rampant, companies taking cyber-security more seriously and other stories.

GCHQ wants 'closer relationship' with tech sector

Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, has called for a rapprochement of the often fraught relationship between national security bodies and the tech sector.

Spies R Us - GCHQ trains next gen hackers

Year 9 students will attend a Smallpiece Trust course, supported by GCHQ, to learn the latest cyber-security technology and techniques.

GCHQ certified course to improve cyber-attack response and recovery

If they are to limit damaging effects, enterprises must prepare and equip themselves with the proper skills to react to and prevent cyber-attacks.

NSA Whistleblower slams bulk collection in Snooper's Charter

William Binney, the former NSA technical director turned whistleblower gave evidence to the joint select committee on the Draft Investigatory powers bill with some unkind words for bulk collection and interception.

GCHQ admits to hacking in court, says hacking helps stop terror attacks

GCHQ has admitted for the first time that it has hacked computers, smartphones, and networks in the UK and abroad using CNE.

UK to develop cyber-offensive capabilities, says UK chancellor in GCHQ speech

In a speech delivered at the UK's centre of all things cyber-security, GCHQ, the chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne outlined a comprehensive plan for securing the online nation.

Free market is failing cyber-security, blasts GCHQ chief

The government must intervene to help improve cyber-security standards within the industry, according to GCHQ director Robert Hannigan.

GCHQ continues outreach efforts with launch of two initiatives

Not only has GCHQ invited press to attend its annual Information Assurance conference, but this year's event also featured two outreach programmes: a revamped public website and the launch of CyberInvest.

British intelligence services opening the doors to next generation cyber spooks

British intelligence services GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 has decided to start growing its own cyber talent by creating its own Higher Apprenticeship.