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City MP grills Ministers on UK cyber-security resilience after Ukraine attacks

Stephen Morgan MP grilled Ministers in the House of Commons today on how the Government is strengthening UK cyber security in response to growing threats and Russian aggression.

It comes after Ukraine last week accused Russia of a cyber attack on two banks and its defence ministry, as tensions between Ukraine and NATO allies and Russia continue to grow.

The UK government confirmed on Friday that the National Cyber Security Centre attributed the reports of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on 15 and 16 February 2022 to almost certainly have involved the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“The sustained build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine’s borders is deeply alarming. Labour is steadfast in our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. It is Russia’s actions that are driving this dangerous escalation of tensions.

“But while Britain is right to step-up defensive military support to Ukraine, we must now strengthen our defences at home, including cyber security.

“Despite warning after warning, Government has presided over a decade of decline. It should not have taken an army threatening Ukraine to provide a wake-up call.

“Ministers must ensure UK cyber security has the support and resources it needs to remain resilient against external threats.”