Government Communications Headquarters UK, in the line of fire!
Are you surprised!?
Wondering, how come a modern and progressed country like the UK is facing such significant problems regarding security measures?
Here is the reason why.
As per the reports: researchers are investigating the security measures for IT contractors who have access to GCHQ’s online computer systems — and have sensitive data about the population of the United Kingdom.
This particular news has created chaos among many people – leading them to think that government is not doing its job correctly to keep security threats at bay.
According to GCHQ, the UK regulator is investigating the possible security risks of highly confidential intelligence information.
Currently, almost 100 external IT contractors have the privilege to access the admin system and their highly confidential data.
GCHQ already condemned in court that the external software and hardware contractors have administrative rights over the computer systems.
And of course, all those GCHQ systems contain some of the most confidential data, collected in the context of electronic activity monitoring through internet and telephones.
However, the journalists think that the GCHQ has provided new evidence in the hearings of court.
And it turned out that hundreds of IT entrepreneurs had privileged access to the IT systems of the agency.
The investigator (IPCO), the director of law enforcement agencies and international surveillance – told reporters that, he sincerely believes employers can abuse the highly sensitive intelligence information by accessing the intercepted databases.
IPCO representative stated,
“We recognize the importance of reviewing security standards for business owners who may have access to confidential information, especially given the recent leaks by entrepreneurs in other countries.”, and this will be the focal point of our inspection activities in 2018″
Privacy International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and a group of British judicial campaigns secretly report that business persons have privileged access to computer information systems of GCHQ.
Again that undoubtedly is a great threat to confidential information and intelligence services.
The GCHQ took an astounding backward step when the IPT political representative presented written evidence in a three-day Privacy International meeting in October 2017.
An anonymous witness showed that IT contractors could have the rights of a system administrator at the design, assembly and test stages of the project.
But once these tasks get completed, the powers get delegated to the members of the organization again.
At the end of November 2017, after the hearing, the director presented a new certificate, which eliminated the original evidence.
Citizens are feeling threatened by so much of access given by GCHQ to different companies!
The recent outbreak in the story of GCHQ IT has brought the concerns of various parties into the limelight – We certainly hope that this chapter ends well. Fingers crossed!