The U.K.’s Intelligence and Security Committee said in a recent report that national security agencies should engage in covert cyber attacks on enemy states, according to the Daily Telegraph.
According to Tom Whitehead’s report, the ISC believes defensive cyber tactics are not enough and the military should exploit cyber warfare and go on the offensive.
Citing the recent Stuxnet virus that targeted Iran’s nuclear weapons system, the ISC said that MI5, MI6, and Government Communications Headquarters should find and stop hackers even before they attack.
Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, said there have been an astonishing number of cyber attacks on the U.K. government and private businesses, Whitehead reports.
The ISC also reported that it’s National Cyber Security Programme, launched two years ago , has been slow in developing cyber capabilities but is on the right track.
GCHQ noted that 80 percent of cyber attacks are preventable through security software and strong passwords, the report said.