In a blistering attack on Russia, Britain’s Defense Minister warned Russia that they too could hack them back. He further said , that Russia should keep in mind the heavy price she will have to pay if she tried breaking Britain and NATO member nations through cyber attacks. This aggressive stance taken by Britain , in the context of Russia’s interference during the elections in US, and the rising cyber attacks on nations like Germany, France, Britain and Norway, is eye catching.
Michael Fallon, Britain’s Defense Minister indicated, that since the cyber attacks from Russia are on the rise in Europe, Britain is investing heavily in both – offensive and defensive techniques in cyber areas. It would be used as counter attacks on Russia’s cyber attacks. It would have provisions for network jamming also. He blamed Russia for spreading wrong information and using it like weapon and this form of attack is increasing in member countries of NATO.
NATO is taking effective measures to secure on land, air and sea. Such effective measures need to be taken in cyber areas also. If there is an attack on NATO the enemy should know the heavy price it will have to pay for it. With these words Fallon also alerted NATO on the need to be prepared in cyber areas.
Last year in the month of November, Britain had declared establishing a ‘National Cyber Security Strategy‘ and had made provisions of 2.3 billion dollars for cyber security. For the purpose of this Strategy, one thousand new officials would be recruited for cyber security and a new ‘Cyber Security Research Institute‘ would be established. The British Government also announced that the new cyber policy would be based on three facets of cyber security viz., ‘Defense, Prevention, and Development’.
Meanwhile, the instances of cyber attacks on Norway’s Political Parties, Defense and External Affairs Department have come to light. The Security Machinery of Norway has indicated Russian hackers to be responsible for these attacks.