British Chancellor Philip Hammond hints at threats from Russia as he unveils a new five-year cyber security strategy.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 01, 2016)(ITN) – British Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled the country’s new five-year cyber security strategy on Tuesday (November 1) and hinted at threats from Russia.
Speaking at a technology conference in London, Hammond outlined Britain’s strategy to boost its cyber security defences, part of a previously announced 1.9 billion-pound ($2.3 billion) plan.
He said the government would strengthen its defences against attacks to protect its services and the economy, and would encourage industry to do the same to prevent cyber attacks.
Already strained by the case of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent murdered in London in 2006, relations between Britain and Russia have further deteriorated over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria.
MI5 Director General Andrew Parker told the Guardian newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday (November 1) that Russia had been a covert threat for decades, but what differed now from the Cold War era was that there were more and more methods available for it to pursue its anti-Western agenda.
Parker said the targets of Russia’s covert activities in Britain included military secrets, industrial projects, economic information and government and foreign policy.
The Kremlin dismissed the allegations as untrue and challenged its critics to produce evidence.