It’s the ultimate case of life imitating art. Just after Spooks thrilled audiences with tales of MI5’s struggle against high-tech Chinese spies, Wikileaks reveals that China has been engaged in cyber-warfare against Western governments and corporations on a massive scale.
And this has been going on since 2002 – the year Spooks began its first series. Now that’s spooky.
But there’s no reason to expect any less of other groups of hackers trying to profit from fraud or theft. The threat they pose ought to be taken seriously.
Fortunately, if we are willing to invest the time and attention, there are simple steps we can all take to make our security systems more robust.
Build in redundancies and back-up measures to your systems. Use a combination of physical and IT security measures such as encryption, manual locks and passwords.
Pay special attention to laptops and smart phones – prepare to have them wiped clean or disabled if lost or stolen.
None of us can claim the impossible computer wizardry of Spooks’ Tariq or Malcolm but there are plenty of down to earth measures that will still protect you from online threats.