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Hacking

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 and (ii) computer in (A) his Department and (B) HM Revenue and Customs. (190336)

It is not in the interests of the UK’s national security for Departments to confirm whether they hold information about attacks against their IT systems. This would enable individuals to deduce how successful the UK is in detecting these attacks and so assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the UK’s IT defences. This is not in the public interest.