Osborne warns of cyber attack as hackers join battle
He will double UK funding on detection services to fight cybercrime to £1.9 billion a year by 2020.
Mr Osborne has warned of serious implications if hackers gain control of the nation’s electricity supply, air traffic control systems or hospitals.
Yesterday French computer hackers declard “war” on the terrorist group which attacked Paris last week.
In a video posted on YouTube by the activist group Anonymous a representative wearing a hood and the group’s Guy Fawkes mask (pictured) said the attack that left 129 people dead “can’t go unpunished”.
The statement, directed at Islamic State, says: “That’s why Anonymous activists from all over the world will hunt you down. Yes, you, the vermin who kill innocent victims, we will hunt you down like we did to those who carried out the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
“So get ready for a massive reaction from Anonymous. Know that we will find you and we will never let up.
“We are going to launch the biggest ever operation against you – expect very many cyber-attacks.
“War is declared. Prepare yourselves. Know this, the French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”
The video closes with the words: “Expect us.”
This is not the first time the group has targeted Islamic State. A Belgian offshoot of the group made the declaration after the Charlie Hebdo killings.
Anonymous emerged in 2003 and has carried out a series of public attacks on corporations, religious and governmental bodies.
Police in France said they have raided 170 premises and recovered weapons.
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