UK must retaliate against cyber-attacks says chancellor – BBC News

The UK must be able to retaliate in kind against cyber-attacks, the chancellor has said.Philip Hammond added that hostile “foreign actors” were developing techniques that threaten the country’s electrical grid and airports.The warning came within a speech describing how the government plans to spend a previously announced £1.9bn sum on cybersecurity.It also addressed ways to tackle cyber-scammers and defend businesses.”If we do not have the ability to respond in cyberspace to an attack which takes down our power network – leaving us in darkness or hits our air traffic control system grounding our planes – we would be left with the impossible choice of turning the other cheek, ignoring the devastating consequences, or resorting to a military response,” Mr Hammond said as he described the National Cyber Security Strategy in London. /**/ (function() { if (window.bbcdotcom && bbcdotcom.adverts && bbcdotcom.adverts.slotAsync) { bbcdotcom.adverts.slotAsync(‘mpu’, [1,2,3]); } })(); /**/ “That is a choice we do not want to face and a choice we do not want to leave as a legacy to our successors.”

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