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Departmental ICT

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted hacking or suspected cyber attacks or other malicious computer security breaches were committed against her Department's computer systems in each of the last three years for which information is available; and if she will make a statement. (167973)

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.