The United Kingdom must be vigilant about possible cyber attacks by countries such as China, government ministers have said as tensions between London and Beijing escalate.
Last month, relations between the United Kingdom and China soured when
Boris Johnson has pledged to provide shelter to millions of its citizens Hong Kong if the country implements the planned national security law. The government has reportedly "changed its mind" about the plans for the Chinese company technology Huawei play a role in the development of the UK 5G network due to growing risk concerns security.
Senior sources now claim that Britain could become a target for Chinese hackers in a so-called "cyber 9/11". This could damage computer networks, cause power and telephone outages, and cause hospitalOf government and operational.
The National Cyber Security Center in Britain says it does not "expect" an increase in attacks. However, a senior minister said the threat was "obviously part of the discussions", but added that "all risks must be considered. "
They told Dailymail on Sunday: "Huawei is a threat and is not acting in jeopardy of national security. Actions, however, have consequences and cannot be ruled out. " Security Secretary Conor McGinn also stressed that the United Kingdom should be "vigilant about the risk of cyber-attacks by hostile states", especially in a time of heightened tensions.
He added: "Our national infrastructure must be ready and able to repel any such attack in the United Kingdom." Mr Alan Mendoza said: "China is a long way from being a good friend to us" and said the UK 's urgent priority was for critical systems to be' resilient in China '.
In June, the Australia revealed that it has faced major cyber attacks since the prime minister Scott Morrison described as a "malicious" and "sophisticated" state hacker. He went on to say that the attack was aimed at "government, industries, politicians organizations, The education, The health, key service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure ".
The Australian government has not publicly named China as responsible, but officials appear to have concluded that the attack may be linked to tensions with the Beijing. China has repeatedly denied any involvement.