Defence secretary Liam Fox has become the latest high-profile politician to warn of the seriousness of cyber attacks against the UK, claiming that his ministry suffered over 1,000 "potentially serious" attacks last year.
Fox reportedly revealed in a speech to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday evening that cyber security threats had doubled over the past year, and that his department is a key target.
"Our systems are targeted by criminals, foreign intelligence services and other malicious actors seeking to exploit our people, corrupt our systems and steal information," he said, according to widespread reports.
"To give you an idea of the challenge, last year the MoD blocked and investigated over 1,000 potentially serious attacks."
Fox added that there is no Maginot Line in cyber space, warning that cyber attacks could damage the UK's economic recovery and British industry as well as affecting national security.
The revelations come just a month after chancellor George Osborne told attendees at Google's Zeitgeist conference that the Treasury is hit by hacking attacks every day, and that the government has to deflect over 20,000 malicious emails each month.
In addition, foreign secretary William Hague revealed in February that his department had fallen victim to a cyber attack using the information-stealing ZeuS malware in December last year.
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