The latest cyber attacks named WannaCry and NotPetya have proved to what extent simple malicious software can be messing up the computer systems of government administrations and large companies.
In exchange for a ransom, such software called “ransomware” offers to unblock the infected computer. Till the ransom is paid, the computer remains simply inoperative and it is extremely difficult to access and/or copy the data inside without propagating the infection. Given the growing and serious threat posed by cybercrime, the British government is thinking of “waging war” to hackers if the United Kingdom were once again targeted.
Speaking in particular of deliberate attacks on official institutions – notably Westminster – Defense Secretary Michael Fallon stressed that a cyber attack can have consequences as serious as a physical attack and can therefore deserve a military response.