UK Government "Ramping Up Cyber Defences" to Stem Digital Attacks

By Gary Cutlack on at

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out on the digital threats facing the UK, claiming the government is "trying to prevent an arms race in cyber space" by upping its spending on preventing digital attacks.

The slightly menacing news reported by The Sun claims the UK government is ready to "Defend ourselves in every way we can" and is also coming up with plans to pro-actively "prevent attacks that we know are taking place."

Hague also said "The threat is rising exponentially from states and from criminal networks," revealing that ministers' worst-case-scenario is the potential of hacking income from tax revenues -- presumably by tricking the self-employed into paying using bogus payment portals.

In an effort to stem the tide of viruses and attacks that could take down large chunks of our infrastructure and leave us without any functioning cash points on a Saturday night, the government is allocating an additional £650m of spending for beefing up the UK's computer security -- which will be split between GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence's new Defence Cyber Operations Group. [The Sun via The Inq]