French Security Chief Warns of Permanent Cyber War

France's cyber security chief has warned of the risk of "permanent war" in cyberspace as a result of hacking for espionage and fraud purposes by states and criminals.

Guillaume Poupard said of cyber attacks that "in terms of effects and impact, we are clearly getting closer to a state of war". The director general of the government cyber defence agency known in France by its acronym, ANSSI, lamented a lack of commonly agreed rules to govern cyberspace and said nations "must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale".

Mr Poupard also said there is no evidence that a notorious Russian hacking group was behind the cyber-attack on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign. 

The Macron campaign hack "was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone", he said. 
He said they found no trace that the Russian hacking group known as APT28, blamed for other attacks including the one which hit the US presidential campaign, was responsible.

Its experts were immediately dispatched when documents stolen from the Macron campaign leaked online on May 5 in the closing hours of the presidential race.

Mr Poupard said the attack's simplicity "means that we can imagine that it was a person who did this alone. They could be in any country". Mr Poupard added: "With what we see today, attacks that are criminal, from states, often for espionage or fraud but also more and more for sabotage or destruction, we are getting closer, clearly, to a state of war, a state of war that could be more complicated, probably, than those we've known until now." 

His comments echoed testimony from the head of the US National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, to the US Senate armed services committee on May 9.

Admiral Rogers spoke of "cyber effects" being used by states "to maintain the initiative just short of war",
He said: "Cyber war is not some future concept or cinematic spectacle - it is real, and here to stay."

Mr Poupard said "the most nightmare scenario, the point of view that Rogers expressed and which I share" would be "a sort of permanent war, between states, between states and other organisations, which can be criminal and terrorist organisations, where everyone will attack each other, without really knowing who did what; a sort of generalised chaos that could affect all of cyberspace". 

Contrary to Admiral Rogers, who said the US had warned France of "Russian activity" before Mr Macron's win, Mr Poupard did not point the finger at Russia. 

APT28 has been identified by the US government as a Russian intelligence outfit and blamed for hacks of the US election campaign, as well as anti-doping agencies and other targets. The group also is known by other names, including Fancy Bear.

Ein News:

You Might Also Read:

Hackers Came, But the French Were Prepared:

France Launches a Cyber Warfare Division:

Meet The Fancy Bears:

 

« UK’s Trident Nuclear Subs Vulnerability To Hackers
Putin Applauds Patriotic Russian Hackers »

Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

Clayden Law

Clayden Law

Clayden Law are experts in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law.

Cylance Smart Antivirus

Cylance Smart Antivirus

An antivirus that works smarter, not harder, from BlackBerry. Lightweight, non-intrusive protection powered by artificial intelligence. BUY NOW - LIMITED DISCOUNT OFFER.

CYRIN

CYRIN

CYRIN® Cyber Range. Real Tools, Real Attacks, Real Scenarios. See why leading educational institutions and companies in the U.S. have begun to adopt the CYRIN® system.

eBook: Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud

eBook: Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud

AWS Marketplace would like to present you with a digital copy of the new book, Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud, by the SANS Institute.

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service designed to simplify secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and distributed workforce.

BackupVault

BackupVault

BackupVault is a leading provider of completely automatic, fully encrypted online, cloud backup.

Okta

Okta

Okta is an enterprise-grade identity management service, built from the ground up in the cloud to address the challenges of a cloud-mobile-interconnected world.

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS)

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS)

The Centre focuses on three main research directions - Privacy and Data Protection, Secure Communications, and Human-Centred Security.

Vectra Networks

Vectra Networks

Vectra provides real-time attack visibility and non-stop automated threat hunting powered by artificial intelligence.

BaseN

BaseN

BaseN is a full stack IoT Operator. We control the full value chain in order to provide ultimate scalability, fault tolerance and security to our customers.

Onegini

Onegini

Onegini delivers a solution, including all the security standards and monitoring tools, so your mobile apps can access your enterprise data.

UK Cyber Security Forum

UK Cyber Security Forum

UK Cyber Security Forum is a community interest group for cyber security companies in the UK.

RedLock

RedLock

The RedLock Cloud 360TM platform correlates disparate security data sets to provide a unified view of risks across fragmented cloud environments.

Online Business Systems

Online Business Systems

Online Business Systems is an information technology and business consultancy. We design improved business processes enabled with robust and secure information systems.

Havelsan

Havelsan

HAVELSAN is a leading technology company in Turkey developing indigenous systems for domestic and foreign military, public and private sector clients.

Moxa

Moxa

Moxa is a leading provider of industrial networking, computing, and automation solutions for enabling the Industrial Internet of Things.

FinCom.co

FinCom.co

FinCom.Co is the world’s first automatic AML/ KYC screening system, for comprehensive compliance.

ACA Compliance Group

ACA Compliance Group

ACA Compliance Group (ACA) is a leading global provider of governance, risk, and compliance advisory services and technology solutions.