MI6 Spy Chief Says China, Russia, Iran Top UK Threat List

“Russia, in particular, is interested in the destablisation of Western societies in any political debate – whether it’s about Scotland’s constitutional question, future British general elections, or future relations with Europe,” he says. “It shows that routinely. The risk to any possible second independence referendum has to be taken into account. Grown-up cyber security and political maturity is needed to price it in and deal with it. There’s a clear risk but it’s not inevitable it will happen.”

Martin, now a professor at Oxford University’s Blavatnick School of Government, took part in multiple operations countering cyber attacks on Britain. He believes any overseas cyber threat to Scotland is a “cross-party concern”. So, at a future referendum, a hostile state might target the emails of someone like Nicola Sturgeon or whoever leads a reincarnated Better Together campaign.

Martin pointed to the cyber attack on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency last Christmas as “a barometer of vulnerability”.

“In terms of the resilience of key services and companies, there’s verifiable evidence that Scotland is at risk. Hacking is a strategic threat and political interference is on the list,” he says.

A cyber attack might be similar, Martin says, to “what the Russians did to the Americans in 2016 – that’s a cyber operation called ‘hack and leak’. Hillary Clinton was frontrunner for the presidency. The Russians hacked into the Democratic National Committee database and John Podesta’s emails [Clinton’s campaign chief] then leaked the information to maximise political disquiet and rancour in America.

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Top spy warns Sturgeons emails could be revealed online by hostile states like Clintons Russia attack

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