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London 2012 Olympics Frances Maude UK Government

Cabinet Minister warns of cyber attacks against London Olympic Games


By The Drum Team | Editorial

May 3, 2012 | 2 min read

Cabinet Office minister Frances Maude has warned the Government of cyber attacks against the 2012 Olympic Games.

While visiting Estonia, Maude warned that UK Government networks are often the target for foreign intelligence agencies and revealed that a dedicated unit is working with the London Games to defend it from any cyber-attack from what he described as ‘the dark side of cyberspace’.

According to the Huffington Post, Maude stated; "This year's Olympics in the United Kingdom will not be immune to cyber attacks by those who would seek to disrupt the Games.

"The Beijing Olympics saw 12 million cyber security incidents during their Olympics.

"We have rightly been preparing for some time - a dedicated unit will help guard the London Olympics against cyber attack - we are determined to have a safe and secure Games."

£400,000 has also been dedicated to expanding the online campaign ‘Get Safe, which provides education on internet safety, he added as the number of online offences grows in the UK.

"A recent survey showed that one in seven large organisations have been hacked in the last year, with large organisations facing one outsider attack per week; small businesses face one a month," he also revealed.

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