The Home Secretary Theresa May has said that cyber-attacks on vital computer networks present a "new and growing threat" to the security of the United Kingdom.
Interviewed by Today presenter John Humphrys in advance of the publication of the government's National Security Strategy, Mrs May added that more than half of all the computer attacks so far identified were made in 2009.
Refusing to be drawn on potential budget cuts to her department, Mrs May insisted that the Home Office could reduce costs "without affecting front line policing".
And she added "what people will see from the Strategic Defence Review and from the Security Strategy that we're publishing today is that this is a government that has actually come in, recognised the need to do more, to look across our defence and security regime to find out what it is we need to prioritise, where the risks are, how we should address those".
The National Security Strategy is expected to name terrorism as another major threat to the UK.
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