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Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Government fears IS militants plan to hack air traffic control

The UK is to double its fund to fight cybercrime amid fears that Islamic State militants are planning to attack UK infrastructure, including air traffic control.

Chancellor George Osborne will announce later today that the terrorist group is known to be trying to build the capability to hack keys services, such as NATS.

Speaking just hours after it was confirmed that a bomb did bring down a holiday flight over Egypt, Osborne will confirm that a fund to fight cybercrime will double to £1.9 million a year by 2020.

Osborne, who is visiting the GCHQ listening station in Cheltenham later today, is also expected to announce the creation of a new National Cyber Centre to bring together the country's experts in online security, said the BBC.

Speaking in the wake of the IS attack in Paris on Friday, Osborne will say that the terrorist group is seeking to hack essential UK infrastructure, such as hospitals, power stations, schools and banks.

He believes they are attempting to kill people, not just to cause economic damage.

According to the BBC, the Government doesn't believe IS yet have the capability, but they are working towards it.

"From our banks to our cars, our military to our schools, whatever is online is also a target," Osborne will say. "The stakes could hardly be higher.

"If our electricity supply, or our air traffic control, or our hospitals were successfully attacked online, the impact could be measured not just in terms of economic damage but of lives lost."

Prime Minister David Cameron has already announced extra funding for UK security services and Home Secretary Theresa May said security will be stepped up at airports and ports and in major UK cities.

Funding has been announced for an extra 1,900 security and intelligence officers at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

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  • Enough

    If this is getting so serious, which it clearly is, when are we and the rest of the sane world going to finally say, that's it, enough - and send in the troops once and for all in their hundreds of thousands, let's have a full scale war with these people. France, UK, USA, the Russians and others are dropping bombs now anyway but we all know that's not enough, do we have to wait until they bring down every aircraft by hacking ATC or destroy vital infrastructure? How much more serious does it have to get, before we do this properly? We did it with D day and promptly ended WW2.

    By Keith Standen, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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