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Francis Maude Announces Joint Cyber Unit

As an attempt to save the United Kingdom from the continuously increasing threat of cyber crime the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, has announced some plans yesterday. In addition, the minister notified to open a latest Joint Cyber Unit at the Government’s GCHQ eavesdropping centre as an attempt to widen the country’s military ­capability in cyberspace as well.

The move is believed to have a significant influence from the biggest threat of Chinese “cyber warriors” where a group of notorious hackers in the Chinese army is alleged to steal millions of pounds of industrial secrets from several European companies.

Consequently, on Friday, the minister has revealed the newly outlined cyber security strategy. Under the spell of the move some top secret technologies created at the government’s giant eavesdropping centre GCHQ are entitled to be offered to private industries.

“Up until now, some of the clever things that have been developed have just sat on a shelf. GCHQ may not know how to use it, but private companies may be able to”, notified a Whitehall source while insisting for the need of feasible environment. In addition, the source has notified that the GCHQ will be serving as a clearing house for any acknowledged information.

Sources have confirmed that the authorities have invested more than £650m for establishing the police cyber crime unit and expressed confidence that the move will surely play a key role to minimize the cases of criminal gangs, hostile states, and terrorist attacks as well as other anti-social activities.

Mr. Maude notified that the suggested cyber crime unit will be starting to perform its operations soon, most probably by 2013, and will be acting as a part of the National Crime Agency. Further, he notified plans that can enable the police to make best use of existing powers.