Isil plotting deadly cyber-attacks against Britain, George Osborne warns

Isil plotting deadly cyber-attacks against Britain, George Osborne warns

fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) marching in Raqqa, Syria.

Islamist terrorists are plotting to use they internet for "evil" by launching deadly cyber-attacks which could cripple Britain, George Osborne will warn on Tuesday.
The Chancellor will use a speech at GCHQ to warn that Isil poses a significant "cyber threat" amid concerns that it could kill innocent people by attacking power stations, the National Grid and
He will say: "Isil are already using the internet for hideous propaganda purposes; for radicalisation, for operational planning too.
“They have not been able to use it to kill people yet by attacking our infrastructure through cyber attack.
“They do not yet have that capability. But we know they want it, and are doing their best to build it."

His warning comes in the wake of the Paris terror attacks as it emerged that police in UK are currently investigating 600 Islamist plots and other counter-terrorism cases.
David Cameron revealed that a major Isil plot was foiled within the last three weeks as he said Britain must show the same resolve in fighting terrorism it displayed against Hitler during the Blitz.
Invoking the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister, Mr Cameron said that Britain "will again in the end prevail" as he announced a £2billion spending boost for the SAS.
The police will tonight erect a ring of steel around Wembley Stadium when England hosts France in an international friendly football match.

The Duke of Cambridge is due to attend while David Cameron is considering going after suggesting he would be prepared to take his son.
But Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, sparked fresh anger when he signalled he would not sanction a “shoot to kill” policy against terrorists on Britain’s streets.
He also questioned the “legality” of the drone strike believed to have killed Isil murderer Jihadi John, who was responsible for beheading several Western hostages.
There will be a ring of steel around Wembley stadium tonight when England hosts France in an international friendly football match.
As it investigations in to the Paris outrage continued it emerged:

  • Police missed a golden opportunity to prevent the Paris terrorist attacks earlier this year when they allowed the ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, to escape to Syria despite being wanted for a string of murder plots.
  • France seized a rocket launcher as part of a 31-weapon haul in the wake of the Paris attacks, and made 23 arrests in 168 raids around the country.
  • Mohammed Abdeslam, whose brother Ibrahim blew himself up outside a cafe during the attacks, said his family had "no idea" Ibrahim and another brother, Salah, who is now on the run, were in Paris.
Mr Osborne will on Tuesday announce that Britain will commit to doubling expenditure on cyber security to £1.9billion by 2020.
He will also announce a "National Cyber Centre" at GCHQ which will respond to "major attacks" on Britain.
He is expected to say: "Isil’s murderous brutality has a strong digital element. At a time when so many others are using the internet to enhance freedom and give expression to liberal values and creativity, they are using it for evil.
“So when we talk about tackling ISIL, that means tackling their cyber threat as well as the threat of their guns, bombs and knives.”

Security has already been stepped up around the UK in the wake of the Paris attacks, which saw at least seven terrorists target a concert, restaurants and the France v Germany football match at the Stade de France.
But Commander Richard Walton, the head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, revealed that police and the security services were currently “running about 600 separate counter-terrorist investigations and we are making on average an arrest a day”.

'The events at the weekend will only strengthen our determination to stand up against this grotesque form of extremism'
Commander Richard Walton
The investigations include plots to attack the UK as well as suspects planning to travel to or returning from Syria, fundraising offences and encouraging or inciting terror.
It emerged that one plot was disrupted in the last two weeks but officials refused to discuss the details because it is an ongoing investigation.
It raised fears that a group was planning a gun, bomb or knife attack on the UK’s streets.
Mr Walton said: “London has faced down a succession of terrorist threats over the last 100 years or more - and the story of our great city includes endless accounts of resilience, resourcefulness and resolve.

“The events at the weekend will only strengthen our determination to stand up against this grotesque form of extremism.”
Britain’s elite forces, including the SAS, are to receive £2 billion over the next five years to reinforce their ability to take on marauding terrorists, Mr Cameron announced.
The cash will be spent on weapons, night fighting equipment, protective equipment, communications and helicopters.
In the speech to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, Mr Cameron also invoked the wartime spirit of Winston Churchill, when he called on the nation to demonstrate its “historic British resolve" which they displayed against the Nazis during World War II to oppose the new threat from Isil .
He spoke of “the resolve of this ancient City of London and our determination that however long and hard the toil may be the British nation would never enter into negotiations with Hitler”.
He added: “It is that historic British resolve that we celebrate again here tonight. And it is that same resolve that will defeat this terrorism and ensure that the values we believe in – and the values we defend - will again in the end prevail.”
However, Mr Corbyn faced criticism when he said in a round of broadcast interviews he signalled he would not support a shoot to kill policy in the UK, drone strikes on terror suspects and was opposed toextending RAF air strikes against Isil into Syria.
“I'm not happy with the shoot to kill policy in general - I think that is quite dangerous and I think can often can be counter-productive," he said.
"I think you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you can, there are various degrees of doing things as we know.
"But the idea you end up with a war on the streets is not a good thing."
Tory MP James Cleverly said: "Once again, Jeremy Corbyn has failed to make the transition from debating society to real world politics.
In show of defiance, the Duke of Cambridge will join 90,000 English and French football fans at Wembley tonight in solidarity over the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Duke, who is President of the Football Association, changed plans so he could attend the match following the massacre.
Some 14,000 unsold tickets were also snapped up in the days after the outrage.