Tag: GCHQ

UK Launches Cyber Attack Against Islamic State

UK Launches Cyber Attack Against Islamic State

GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming revealed this week that they have launched a cyber major offensive cyber-campaign against the Islamic State Group, also known as Daesh. Fleming said that they were able to prevent the IS’ ability to coordinate attacks and also stopped them from spreading propaganda. The GCHQ director added that while the details were too sensitive to divulge, there were also able to destroy equipment and networks.   Despite the victory, the group is still looking to inspire and execute further attacks in the UK, and is currently seeking ungoverned spaces where they can base their operations, according to […]

UK GCHQ Exceeds Cyber Attack Capabilities, Seeks More Staff

UK GCHQ Exceeds Cyber Attack Capabilities, Seeks More Staff

It was recently reported that intelligence agency GCHQ had “over-achieved” in its mission to bolster the UK’s offensive cyber capabilities. These capabilities are defined as the ability to “disrupt, deny, degrade or destroy computer networks and internet-connected devices” In the annual report of the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee released this week, GCHQ revealed that it had doubled the country’s cyber weapons and exploits. The agency also reported that it had completed the first phase of the seven-year National Offensive Cyber Programme (NOCP), which is overseen by itself with the Ministry of Defence.     GCHQ says that it is also […]

Civil Rights Groups Take UK Intelligence to Court for Surveillance Accusations

Civil Rights Groups Take UK Intelligence to Court for Surveillance Accusations

Last Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) heard three separate cases brought by civil rights groups accusing UK intelligence agencies of bulk interception of private communication. Seven judges in Strasbourg considered claims that raised questions on how the GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 share surveillance information with the US and other governments. The investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) has already previously ruled on one of the claims where it found the UK surveillance regime to be unlawful. The groups argue that the agencies’ interception of communications on an international scale violates the  individual’s privacy rights and freedom of expression, and […]