Cyber criminals are relentless in their assault against the country’s IT systems, according to the foreign secretary, who said that not an hour goes by when the UK is not under attack.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, William Hague said cyber crime is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and must be tackled if the country is to remain a world leader in internet security.
“I see evidence every day of deliberate, organised attacks against intellectual property and government networks in the UK from cyber criminals or foreign actors with the potential to undermine our security and economic competitiveness,” he told the newspaper.
Not only are hackers attempting to steal government data and take down public networks, they are also looking to target businesses and disrupt major infrastructure and communications systems.
But the problem could be even more serious than Mr Hague realises, as the Daily Telegraph also claims to have heard from intelligence sources who say attacks are being launched by the minute, not just by the hour.
It comes as the government launches a new centre of excellence called the Centre for Global Cyber-Security Capacity Building that will carry out world leading research into cyber crime and offer advice to countries around the globe.
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