MI5 ropes in teenage hackers to combat cyber terrorismSeptember 20th, 2009 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 20 (ANI): British intelligence agency MI5 has hired many teenage hackers for its new secret operation to combat cyber terrorism.
At least 50 new computer-savvy hackers, including many teenagers, have been roped in the newly formed Cyber Operations Command, and they had to sign the Official Secrets Act, the Sunday Express reports.
The Act forbids them from telling their parents or girlfriends what they do in the windowless basement area in the Security Service building beside the Thames, the report adds.
The teenagers, most of whom are of Asian-origin, are subjected to the same high level of background security checks used to clear other intelligence staff.
The paper quoted Lord West as saying that these are “youngsters who use their talents to stop other hackers from closing down this country”.
MI5 head Jonathan Evans has reportedly told his staff to combat cyber warfare, which has been traced to China, Russia and Pakistan.
The hackers of Cyber Command, which works closely with the Pentagon, have also intercepted messages from terrorists in Belmarsh maximum security prison.
According to a report, British Security Minister Evans has revealed that over 1,000 hits were made on computers in Whitehall during the summer.
A confidential MI5 report also warned 300 banks and accounting firms that they “are already under cyber attack” from Chinese state organisations, the paper says. (ANI)
- Cyber attacks reach disturbing levels in Britain - Oct 31, 2011
- MI5 job nothing like TV show 'Spooks', Jane Bonds told - Nov 08, 2010
- MI5 launches recruitment drive for women - Nov 08, 2010
- Indian Navy creates exclusive cyber warriors cadre - Jul 12, 2012
- MI5 dumps spies who don't know how to use Facebook and Twitter - Apr 12, 2010
- US agencies hid Mumbai-style terror plot from Britain - Apr 05, 2012
- NATO claims China has declared a cyber war - Mar 08, 2010
- UK's MI6 prepared Palestine Authority's security strategy against Israel - Jan 26, 2011
- China declines supporting cyber attackers - Mar 30, 2012
- Spies create top NATO commander's fake Facebook profile - Mar 13, 2012
- Britain to free 100 peisoners - Jun 13, 2011
- Where was Charlie Chaplin born? - Feb 18, 2012
- To bust Chinese hackers, NATO sees an ally in India - Sep 09, 2011
- China capable of launching cyber attack on UK - Mar 29, 2009
- Israeli military admits to cyber-warfare - Jun 04, 2012
Tags: accounting firms, asian origin, basement area, british intelligence agency, china russia, chinese state, cyber attack, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, intelligence staff, jonathan evans, maximum security prison, mi5, official secrets, operations command, security checks, security minister, state organisations, sunday express, teenage hackers