The impact of cyber attacks

I was concerned to note that The Register claims to have seen a private report compiled by GCHQ’s new ‘Cyber Security Operations Centre’ for the Cabinet Office, claiming that a digital attack on the UK would trigger a catastrophic effect on public confidence in the government. 
Call me old fashioned, but I find this disturbing. After all the breaches in central government, GCHQ is one of the few agencies left in which we expect to find impeccable security. If they’re now leaking documents to an Internet news source noted for its sarcasm and satire, then it’s a major disappointment. As Spiderman’s uncle once put it “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility”.