Il Financial Times di oggi riporta la notizia secondo la quale l’Mi5, il Servizio di sicurezza britannico, ha messo in guardia le Università inglesi da attività di spionaggio cibernetico effettuate ai loro danni da soggetti stranieri.
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[…] Eric Thomas, president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, said academic institutions were at risk because they possessed intellectual property “that many people would give their right arms for”.
“We are drawing the sector’s attention to these issues,” said Professor Thomas. “We are saying, ‘You have to understand that you will be subject to purposeful attacks to get your data.’ Universities need to be on high alert.” […]
The threat against universities is two-fold: the hacking of their computer systems in Britain, and the theft of data from academics’ computers when they travel abroad. […]
The problem for universities, according to Prof Thomas, is that the need to increase security cuts across the tendency of academics to be transparent and forthcoming about their research. […]