According to GCHQ chief Sir Jeremy Fleming, hackers working for the UK’s National Cyber ​​Force (NCF) have made hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards worthless to criminals.

The operation meant that “tens of millions of pounds of potential fraud” against the British economy was avoided, the head of intelligence told a Cyber ​​UK conference in Newport.

Ministry of Defense and GCHQ operatives “arranged blasting operations [criminals’] networks, and prevent them from profiting from their crimes, and deny them access to their cyber tools and malware, ”he said.

“Through the NCF, we are actively undermining the notion that cybercriminals can go online with impunity. We have thwarted criminals by making it clear that they are being watched and looking for their ability to profit from illegal activities,” he said. in a rare reference to operational activities.

Although details of these operations were not reported, they were cited as an example of legal and legitimate burglary in stark contrast to attacks on Ukraine what the UK accused Russia.

Perhaps the most significant of the attacks on Ukraine came on the same day as Russian forces flooded the country, while malware cleared inside Viasat customers’ satellite broadband routers. was blown up, makes them virtually useless.

The attack was widespread, affecting 5,800 Enercon-powered wind turbines in Germany that used Viasat for remote monitoring and control.

Western officials have not officially accused Russia of the attack, although they have accused Russia’s Central Intelligence Agency (GRU) of cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s financial sector.

The war in Ukraine is “first and foremost in our heads,” Sir Jeremy told the conference, adding: [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s mistakes are played on the battlefield. “

Sir Jeremy Fleming praised Britain’s offensive hacking capabilities

Sir Jeremy added: “This is already a remarkable feature of this war, as much information about the behavior and tactics of Russian troops is publicly available.

“And how much intelligence has been released by Western allies to challenge and anticipate Putin’s actions,” the intelligence chief added.

“This is a modern war, which has been influenced by the democratization of information and its formation. And, fortunately, the Ukrainians are perfect in this – we are proud to play our part in supporting their efforts,” he said.

In a speech in Australia last month Sir Jeremy declassified intelligence revealed exposing Russia’s military failures: “We have seen Russian soldiers – without weapons and morale – refuse to obey orders, sabotage their own equipment and even accidentally shoot down their own planes.”

On Tuesday, he added: “Perhaps the concept of ‘cyberwar’ has been over-promoted. But there is much to be said about cyber warfare, including a number of actions that we and our partners have attributed to Russia. We have seen what looks like some countries.

“And we have seen signs that Russian cyber operatives continue to look for targets in countries that oppose their actions.

“We have therefore stepped up our efforts to get businesses and the UK government to urgently increase cyber resilience. And why, together with our allies, we will continue to support Ukraine in consolidating their cyber defense. “

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