We should defend British individuals from malign actors, says minister | EUROtoday

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A minister stated it’s “imperative” British nationals are protected on-line from “malign actors” because the Government prepares to announce recent sanctions on China over cyber assaults.

Andrew Bowie, the minister for nuclear and renewables, stated the Government takes the specter of on-line interference “incredibly seriously” as he instructed measures to fight the issue are going to be toughened up.

The risk of Chinese state interference in British democracy is because of be raised within the House of Commons this afternoon by Oliver Dowden, the Deputy Prime Minister.

He is anticipated to say Beijing was behind a wave of cyber assaults in opposition to MPs and friends, in addition to accessing the non-public particulars of 40 million voters in a hack on the Electoral Commission.

Mr Bowie informed Times Radio: “The Government takes the security of this country, as we were talking about our nuclear deterrent, the physical safety and security, but also the cyber security of this country incredibly seriously which is why we have bolstered the intelligence and security apparatus that we have through the various Acts of Parliament in the last few years and it is why I am sure we will be hearing much more today about the steps we are going to take moving forward.

“It is imperative that democracy, freedom of speech and that British nationals are protected online from any malign influence and that includes from malign actors, be that state actors or other actors.”

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