Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UK: digital Britain will bring with it increased risks from cybercrime and cyber terrorism

[ZDnet] Former home secretary David Blunkett has warned of increased security risks around universal UK broadband access.

Speaking to ZDNet UK at the Infosecurity 2009 conference on Tuesday, Blunkett claimed the extension of broadband availability to every home by 2012, as the government has proposed, will by its nature aggravate computer security issues.

"The greater the activity and speed of action, the greater the danger," said Blunkett. "Not because of the broadband extension itself, but because of the exponential rise in activity that facilitates."

The Digital Britain report, currently being prepared by communications minister Lord Carter, proposes that every home in Britain have broadband access by 2012. While Blunkett said that an increase in broadband activity will lead to an increase in hacking and cybercrime, the former home secretary added that this could be mitigated by co-ordinated action.

Blunkett: Digital Britain will increase security risks

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