UK ‘ready to retaliate’ against Russian cyber-attacks

Boris Johnson will warn Russia to stop cyber-attacks which threaten Britain’s national security or face retaliation of a similar kind from the UK.

He will say the UK has no malign intentions online but has the technical capability to fight cyber-espionage.

Mr Johnson is the first UK foreign secretary to visit Russia in five years.

His trip follows Theresa May’s accusation last month that Russia was trying to “undermine free societies”.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says that relations between the two countries are “at best very bad, at worst, appalling”.

The UK prime minister warned in November about the risks of Russia’s “sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption”.

Her criticisms were repeated by Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, who said that Russia was “seeking to undermine the international system”.

Source: BBC News

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