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UK Network Rail: Darktrace reveals British transport system had four nation-state hacks in one year

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Cyber criminals could access trains, computer networks or message boards.

While railway systems may not be the first target that comes to mind, government-backed hackers are clearly invested in infiltrating every aspect of a country – including its transport systems.

In the UK, which remains a high-profile target for intrigued foreign nations like Russia, China and the US, new figures indicate there has been four major cyberattacks on railway networks over the past year – all blamed on "nation state activity."

The statistics were revealed by UK-based cybersecurity firm Darktrace, which is employed to guard much of the UK's rail network from attack.

While detail about the full extent of the hacks remains unknown, the firm said that the breaches have been "exploratory" rather than disruptive.

Speaking with Sky News, Sergey Gordeychik, cybersecurity researcher at Russian firm Kaspersky Lab, said access to UK rail could give hackers control over everything from online information boards to the computer systems that manage signals, internal messages and even the trains themselves.

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