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Nuclear power stations and airports in the UK warned of cyber threats

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Nuclear power stations and airports in the UK warned of cyber threats

Nuclear power stations and airports in the UK have been told to “remain resilient to evolving cyber threats”, amid fears that their systems may be targeted by hackers.

Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.

Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods.

Energy minister Jesse Norman told The Telegraph that the government was "fully committed to defending the UK against cyber threats, with a £1.9 billion investment designed to transform this country’s cyber security.”

But the threat of attack on Britain’s 15 operational reactors, which account for nearly a fifth of the country’s electricity,  from terrorists, foreign spies and “hacktivists” remains high.

Mr Norman added that the civil nuclear strategy included ways which the sector “can defend against, recover from, and remain resilient to evolving cyber threats”.