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China, Russia behind 'cyber war' aimed at stealing security secrets: Ex-UK minister

London, Tue, 01 Nov 2011 ANI

London, Nov 1 (ANI): Britain's former security minister Baroness Neville-Jones has accused China and Russia of carrying out cyber warfare attacks aimed at stealing national security secrets from other countries.


According to, Neville-Jones said Beijing and Moscow were among the governments "interested in this kind of activity".


Her comments came during an international conference hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss "norms of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace".


Lady Neville-Jones, who was the security minister until last May, said countries needed to understand that such behaviour was actually counterproductive and would damage their own national interests.


She said that such attacks were not only carried out by governments, but by individuals who then sold the secrets they had stolen to rival governments.


"There are a lot of private individuals who do this kind of 'hoovering' of other people's systems and then try and sell the stuff that they have managed to obtain to buyers. Those buyers can indeed be governments," Lady Neville-Jones said.


Iain Lobban, director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had also said recently that sensitive data on government computers has been targeted, along with defence, technology and engineering firms' designs.


The intelligence agency official pointed out that the UK is being subjected to a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks. (ANI)


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