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Hack attack is the consequence of cuts

May 13, 2017 9:56 PM

The Liberal Democrats have demanded an inquiry into why the Conservatives cut cyber-security support a year ago when it axed a £5.5m deal with Microsoft.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:

"We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and dangerous threat to our cyber-security.

"It is worrying that in Amber Rudd we have a Home Secretary in the digital age more suited to the era of analogue. This is not the first time she has looked lost in cyber-space. The government likes to look tough but this is an example of where it has left Britain defenceless. We demand to be told why."

NOTES:

The government cut cyber security a year ago:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-cut-security-support-outdated-10413160

The government were aware of the threat:
http://uk.businessinsider.com/nhs-cyberattack-ransomware-should-i-attend-my-hospital-2017-5