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Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the use of a hacking tool or other malicious software enabling information to be (a) retrieved and (b) manipulated by a third party has been detected on a (i) network or (ii) computer in her Department. (190335)

It is not in the interests of the UK’s national security for this Department to confirm whether it holds information about attacks against its IT systems. This would enable individuals to deduce how successful this Department is in detecting these attacks and so assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the UK’s IT defences.