The Home Secretary’s stark warning came as the “crisis develops” in Ukraine – which US President Joe Biden has claimed Russia will invade. As the two countries inch towards war, Ms Patel and GCHQ today warned that they expect to see “cyber attacks aimed at the West”.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Ms Patel said: “We are already seeing an escalation of Russian information operations clearly intended to provide a pretext for military action against Ukraine and we should expect to see more of this as the crisis develops, including information warfare and cyber attacks aimed at the West.
“UK is closer to the crisis in Ukraine than you might think. If the situation continues to escalate, we could see cyber attacks that have international consequences, intentional or not.”
Lindy Cameron, the head of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, also warned of a “heightened cyber threat”.
She added: “Cyber attacks do not respect geographic boundaries.”
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