The news comes in a week that Spain suffered a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the worst attack since the 2004 Madrid rail disaster that claimed 192 lives, simultaneous and coordinated bombings from al-Qaeda that also injured 2,000 people.
ISIS and climate change are the two biggest threats to national security, according to a poll of more than 40,000 people from 38 countries. Median values taken across the 38 countries puts threats from the Islamic militant group at 62%, with global climate change one percentage point behind, at 61%. Of those polled in Pew Research Center survey, US, France, Germany and the UK – countries that have all experienced terrorist attacks in the last two years – believed that ISIS was the primary cause for concern in their daily life, with 74%, 88%, 77% and 70% percent, respectively.
The news comes in a week that Spain suffered a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the worst attack since the 2004 Madrid rail disaster that claimed 192 lives, simultaneous and coordinated bombings from al-Qaeda that also injured 2,000 people. At the time of writing, the death toll in Barcelona that focused on its Las Ramblas part of the city, was 13, with 100 injured. Another attack in nearby Cambrilis was foiled by authorities before any further lives were lost. In the Pew Research Center survey, Spain put the threat from ISIS at one percentage point behind climate change, at 88%.
Also high on the list of concerns of those participating in the survey, cyberattacks from other countries rank as the top concern in Japan and second-highest concern in places such as US, Germany and the UK, where there have been a number of high-profile attacks of this type in recent months. Though not listed in the report, Scotland experienced one of the most recent of these when its parliament in Hollyrood, Edinburgh, was subject to repeated attempts to access numerous email accounts, bearing a similar relation to attacked that took place a week earlier in England’s Parliament in Westminster when around 90 accounts were compromised.
Other subjects cited as a concern in the 41,953-person survey included conditions of the global economy, China’s power and influence and large numbers of refugees. Across seven Asia-Pacific nations surveyed, about half across the region see Chinese power as a major challenge.
Speaking about Scotland’s latest security breach, Sir Paul Grice, Holyrood’s chief executive, said in an internal bulletin: “The parliament’s monitoring systems have identified that we are currently the subject of a brute force cyber-attack from external sources.
“The parliament’s robust cybersecurity measures identified this attack at an early stage and the additional security measures which we have in readiness for such situations have already been invoked. Our IT systems remain fully operational.”