Britain must fight back against cyber crime

02 November 2016

Warning from Chancellor as he outlines the National Cyber Security Strategy


The UK must be able to retaliate against cyber-attacks.

This was the clear message from chancellor Philip Hammond during a speech on how the government plans to spend a previously announced £1.9bn on cyber security.

The chancellor warned that hostile ‘foreign actors’ were developing techniques that threaten Britain’s electrical grid and airports.

“If we do not have the ability to respond in cyberspace to an attack which takes down our power network - leaving us in darkness or hits our air traffic control system grounding our planes - we would be left with the impossible choice of turning the other cheek, ignoring the devastating consequences, or resorting to a military response," He said.

The £1.9bn to pay for the National Cyber Security Strategy was allocated last year and will fund the programme until the end of 2020.

With the aid of industry, the government has already set up automated systems that screen out malware and spam before it reaches UK citizens. Other projects have helped the government verify where emails come from to thwart specific tax fraud campaigns aimed at the UK.

Spending plans include cash for the recruitment more than 50 specialists who will work at the cybercrime unit at the National Crime Agency. These will help tackle organised gangs and aim to raise the cost of engaging in hi-tech crime to make it much less attractive.

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