Year after year, I have noticed that my thoughts seem turn to Russia during this season. Back in the 1980s, at a time when the Cold War was raging and we were praying for Russian Christians to know freedom to worship in their land, the thought that we would be able one day to feast on Russian worship at the click of a button, was beyond anything we could have imagined. Continue reading
One of the major issues Teresa and her team are grappling with is whether to go ahead with the nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point. This raises directly and indirectly an issue we have often highlighted for prayer: the immense threats that cyber attacks pose to civilised nations. You may well be aware of the concerns surrounding security in hosting Chinese nuclear plants on British soil. In case you missed them, this article serve to highlight the dilemmas Teresa May and team face. (There is nothing we can do to conceal the pictures that surround this text I’m afraid!)
We have continually encouraged people to keep cyber security issues at the forefront of their prayer agendas. Cyber attacks continue to cost the UK billions of pounds every year and they pose a major threat to both personal and national security.
The danger of espionage from dedicated hacking teams in countries such as Russia, China and Iran simply cannot be overstated.
Please see the button Cyber Warfare under categories on the right for previous articles on this them.
For many years we have been trumpeting the fact that intelligence gathering and cyber capability is primary to world security, for the simple reason that cyber warfare are most likely to win future conflicts. We speak of the thin blue line protecting the nation’s well-being, but we need to place equal emphasis on our cyber frontlines. I have accordingly been urging people for years to pray into this sphere, even though it is not usually one that spring readily to most people’s minds when they gather together to pray.
Sky News revealed today (10/3/16) the remarkable information that that the personal details of 22,000 radicalised Isis fighters have been handed to the West on a plate – providing not only the names of specific individuals around the world (together with their phone numbers) but also the names of those who sponsored and directed them to join ISIL. This represents one of the most remarkable intelligence breakthroughs in the War against Terror. Even though some of the information will be somewhat out of date this looks like a really useful haul of information. Pray it will be put to right and proper use. The temptation for many jihadists now will surely be simply to disappear! Continue reading
I love reading reports of all the remarkable things the Lord is doing around the world. (www.Joelnews.org is very good at supplying such information). Whilst lapping these up, we also know that we have also been called to alert people to less attractive trends the Lord is highlighting, and to encourage others to intercede for people who are facing particular dangers.
A theme we have highlighted on a number of occasions previously is cyber hacking. Click here for our previous articles on this subject. Some of us, who have known what it is like to be hacked, know just how horrid and inconvenient this is, yet these are on a tiny scale compared to what it would be like for the lights to go out, the bank machines to stop working, and and . . . Continue reading
“I believe the coordinated cyberattack with destructive payloads against a corporation in the US represents a watershed event . . . Geopolitics now serve as harbingers for destructive cyberattacks.” Tom Kellermann, Chief Cybersecurity Officer with security software maker Trend Micro Inc,
Most of you will be aware that Sony Pictures has experienced a major act of cyber espionage, which has exposed a film due to be released that makes fun of the North Korean leader. Other films have also been compromised along with full details of thousands of employees. Was North Korea involved? Kim Jong-Un is certainly a passionate watcher of American films and absolutely hates this film. He has actually declared that it constitutes an act of war and has threatened merciless reprisals. (This article explains how North Korea has made more cyberattacks on US military systems than any other country, including Russia and China) Continue reading
Cyber Warfare, Code Breaking and Eavesdropping
We have long been urging people to intercession for matters related to cyber warfare as a regular part of their spiritual awareness. The topic may only occasionally seem to have any direct relevance for us personally – although having had one account hacked and other computer problems for the past few weeks, it makes one all the more aware of the crucial work being done by the relative handful of people who protect us along with the country’s vital interests. Though not in the public eye, these people are very much on the front line. All the more so when you reflect that over four thousand new malware variants and viruses are launched every single day . . .
Thanks to Edward Snowdon everyone knows what America has been up to in the realm of global eavesdropping; it comes as no surprise to discover that Russia is doing the same.
In cyber-warfare there is always a sense in which one is always playing catch up, responding to the latest viruses and hacking initiatives that have been launched. It was all much more tangible in the days when Russian fighter planes came up to the Borders of NATO regions and had to be shepherded away, but the intensity of Russian and Chinese cyber warfare efforts is not to be underestimated.