Britain to launch national probe into its cyber-security after US hacking issue

Published: 11:42 GMT, Jan 11, 2017 |

The British government has launched a national inquiry into its own cyber-security in wake of US intelligence agencies alleged that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Margaret Becker, the chair of the UK parliament’s joint committee on national security strategy said: “Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes.

“But this is just one source of threat that the government must address,” she added in a statement.

Monday’s announcement comes just two days after US intelligence agencies accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of ordering an initiative to help Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Putin has denied that Russia interfered in the election, suggesting that Moscow is being blamed due to sour grapes from the losing side.

The inquiry will look at the types of cyber-threats faced by the UK, the extent of human, financial and technical capital committed to address them, and the development of offensive cyber capabilities, among other related issues.