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We all need to do our bit to tackle cyber threats—but ministers keep us in the dark

The recent cyber-attack on SolarWinds highlights the pressing need for both national resilience and global co-operation

By John Healey   July 2021

Photo: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Our global adversaries and competitors, including Russia, have used cyber operations to interfere in foreign elections, launch disinformation campaigns and even cripple neighbouring states—all the while maintaining deniability and avoiding actions that cross the line into acts of war.

The SolarWinds attack is the most high-profile of recent times, causing unprecedented disruption and embarrassment. Major technology companies were hacked and high levels of the US government accessed. It is unlikely that we will ever know what the hackers were able to steal. And while the west accuses Russia of this attack, the Russian government simply laughs it off.

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