“It has never been easier to become a cyber criminal. Today, such attacks are crisscrossing the globe from north to south and east to west – in all directions, recognising no borders, with all countries in the firing line,” Hague would tell delegates in the conference.
According to the report, Hague will also draw attention to countries that use the internet against their own people, such as shutting down the network at times of unrest, or criminalising legitimate self-expression online.
“Those governments who attempt this are erecting barricades against an unstoppable tide,” he will say.
The foreign secretary will also reveal that cyber criminals are selling off-the-shelf malicious software packages that can target people’s bank accounts, for as little as 3,000 pounds, the report said.
The two-day event in Budapest is intended to build on progress made at a similar conference in London last November, it added.