Thursday, 3 October 2013

GCHQ UKIP group attacks EU in Cyberwar?

An intriguing report in Der Spiegel about an actual e-warfare cyberattack mounted by GCHQ on Belgacom, a comms provider whose clients include "institutions like the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament". The facts that the attack took place seem undeniable, but readers are left wondering why. We can only speculate;
  • UKIP sympathisers have gained senior management and executive positions at GCHQ and are targeting the EU in general
  • GCHQ buggered the EU's computers in advance of Cameron's action to lead a reduction in the Commission's budget
  • The US NSA, acting at GCHQ on behalf of the Israelis, sabotaged EU funding and investment to Palestine and Palestinian groups
  • The cyber-guys were bored and attacking Belgium seemed a fun thing to do at the time
  • GCHQ thought Belgium was so boring that no-one would notice

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a combination of 4 and 5. Monty Python's Flying Circus had it right when they coined the phrase "miserable fat Belgian bastards".

They deserve to get zapped.

Coney Island

Sebastian Weetabix said...

No really an attack though, is it? Just carrying out their traditional function of reading everybody's mail, including the EU commission.

I would be more concerned if they weren't doing it. You can't have Rolls-Royce diplomacy if you don't know what chaps are up to, can you?

Cascadian said...

Britain must still have a non-aggression treaty with Belgium (speculation on my behalf).

Camoron saw that Belgium was working too smoothly without a government and decided that such aggressive non-action was intolerable, they needed some of his big society and windmills to rescue them.

It is not clear whether this would involve Britain's mighty armed services (cough, cough) or regiment after regiment of civil servants dispatched on Eurostar to overwhelm any puny defences Belgium could mount.

Anonymous said...

"*The US NSA, acting at GCHQ on behalf of the Israelis, sabotaged EU funding and investment to Palestine and Palestinian groups
*The cyber-guys were bored and attacking Belgium seemed a fun thing to do at the time
*GCHQ thought Belgium was so boring that no-one would notice"

I'd go for the top one myself but it could be any perm of three.

Love it Raedwald.