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Foreign spies targeted a senior British defence official in a sophisticated spear phishing operation that aimed to steal military secrets. The plan was foiled last year when the official became suspicious of an email she received from a contact she had met at a conference. The official showed the highly personalised message …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For Starters

    ..they could teach their "Cyber Colonels" proper HTML.

    1. Gordon Pryra

      Highly Sensitive?

      I was going to say something about her obviously good at her Job and passing the mail onto the IT boys,

      That is until I read the bit about her putting her membership of the COBRA emergency committee on her linkedin profile.....

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Nothing to see here .... move on, please.

    Probably just a FUD exercise, Chris, to discover how easily terrorised and paranoid senior British defence officials are in the Virtual Terrain Field/Cyber Field of Operations.

  3. Elmer Phud

    until her retirement in March

    Damn, we've lost one of the few who never just clicked on anything.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Two's company, three's a crowd with definite conflicts in interests conspiring to defraud ?

    Oh, and what is this ..... "The MoD is to create its Defence Cyber Operations Group as part of the investment." ..... whenever there is an Office of Cyber Security and a Cyber Security Operations Centre already already.

    Is that the MOD leading from the Front, with something different which everyone will benefit from, or following from the Rear with something useless in military use, which is what they are usually kitted out with?

  5. Jon Double Nice

    But Shirley

    it would be tempting to leak them pretend or made up info, especially about the sharks with frikkin' lasers on their heads program?

  6. Tigra 07 Silver badge

    What's with these names?

    What is it with the UK and getting their organisation names from films?

    Skynet Satellite systems

    Synet Software working on the Myplayer


    Will SHIELD pop up next or the Legion of Doom?

  7. bugalugs

    Unfortunately named mandarin

    proves to be otherwise.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters


    "but China is the most likely culprit. Its huge online espionage effort was a major motivator of the recent government decision to spend £650m in improved cyber security over four years."

    Huawei are selling a lot of Telecoms kit here

  9. Anonymous Coward


    My money's on SPECTRE or the MYSTERONS

    off to cloudbase for a briefing with Colnel White :) SIG

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