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Departmental ICT

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many training exercises have been (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the recent computer virus problem affecting his Department; (253358)

(2) how many computers in his Department have been infected with the recently reported computer virus;

(3) what his estimate is of the cost to his Department of resolving the recent computer virus problem;

(4) what assessment he has made of the source of the recent computer virus problem which affected his Department;

(5) how many computers in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other UK military bases overseas have been infected with a computer virus in the last two months; and what the (i) name and (ii) location of the base is in each case.

It would not be in the interests of the UK's national security for the Ministry of Defence to release information regarding the impact of any computer virus infection on its IT systems as this would enable individuals to deduce how successful these infections are against the network and so assist such persons in establishing the effectiveness of the UK's IT defences.