Phillip Hammond said they have stopped 34,550 ‘potential attacks’ on government departments
Mr Martin said there were 188 serious attacks in the past three months, many of which threatened national security.
He highlighted the surge in Russian activity as the Kremlin sought to “assert power and influence against the West”.
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Martin said: “Part of that has been attacks on political institutions, political parties and parliamentary organisations.
“In the case of government departments, [it is] getting into the system to extract information on UK government policy on anything from energy to diplomacy to information on a particular sector.
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“With companies, it could be to steal intellectual property and sometimes you would get states in that business.”
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The new centre had blocked 34,550 ‘potential attacks’ on government departments and members of the public in the past six months
British Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said: “The new centre had blocked 34,550 ‘potential attacks’ on government departments and members of the public in the past six months – about 200 cases a day.
“Beyond hacked kettles and fridges, ‘internet of things’ devices, such as driverless cars, can present alarmingly real security threats that could be incredibly dangerous if the right security isn’t in place.”
Martin added: “Over the last two years there has been a step change in Russian aggression in cyberspace.
“Part of that step change has been a series of attacks on political institutions, political parties, parliamentary organisations and that’s all very well evidenced by our international partners and widely accepted.”
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