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UK 'Has Cyber-Attack Capability'

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UK 'Has Cyber-Attack Capability' - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe U.K. has the ability to launch cyber attacks but does not use it for industrial espionage like some other countries, England’s security minister Lord West said.

According to BBC, West has refused to elaborate on the matter and explain whether cyber attacks have been used for military purposes. However, he told BBC Radio 4’s PM program the country faces cyber attacks “on a regular basis” from countries such as Russia and China. He also confirmed the British government had approached the Russian and Chinese governments to ask them to stop the attacks.

“We have had a dialogue with them in the past and I wouldn’t want to go into what goes on in terms of debate at the moment,” West told BBC.

When pressed on whether Britain has used cyber attacks itself, he said:

“We do not go and attack other nations to try and find from them their industrial secrets.”

But he added: “I think it would be very silly of any nation not to have an ability to use cyberspace for the safety and security of its nation.”

Commenting on Britain’s cyber warfare capabilities, West said it has an ability to do things and “we have got very good and very talented people who have worked on this.”

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