Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Spy Game: Tag Your IT

Foreign intelligence agencies are trying to recruit tech staff in big businesses in an attempt to gain access to vital IT systems, MI5 has warned British business chiefs.

In recent months, the UK security service has had a series of "high-level conversations with executives" to warn of the risk, according to the Financial Times. Targeting IT staff — who often have unfettered access to the most important systems — is seen as one of the quickest ways to gain access.

The security service is warning that IT workers have been recruited to help overseas spies gain sensitive personnel information, steal corporate or national secrets and even upload malware to compromise the network.