24 May 2018

The UK’s position on applying international law to cyberspace

On 23 May 2018 Jeremy Wright QC said that the UK Government will not allow the internet to descend into a ‘lawless world’. The Attorney General set out the UK’s position on applying international law to cyberspace – for the first time.

Read more about the “Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century” speech below.


UK will name and shame state backers of cyber attacks

During his speech at Chatham House in central London, Jeremy Wright QC announced that going forward the UK will name and shame foreign states that hire hackers to carry out cyber attacks, including states that choose to interfere in national elections via the internet.

This is the first time any UK minister has given such a warning. The Attorney General is keen to ensure that international law stays up to speed with fast-growing technological development and that the international community does not ignore cyberspace problems.

On the day he said:

“If we accept that the challenges posed by cyber technology are too great for the existing framework of international law to bear, that cyberspace will always be a grey area, a place of blurred boundaries, then we should expect cyberspace to continue to become a more dangerous place.”


National Cyber Security Strategy

Jeremy Wright QC also noted progress on the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), which the Government is investing £1.9 billion into.

The UK’s active cyber defence programme has now been underway for over a year. During this time, it has been identified that an average of 4.5 million malicious emails are being sent every month.

The new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a mandate to protect Britain’s interests in cyberspace against attacks like WannaCry and NotPetya. The Government has blamed the Russian military for the NotPetya ransomware attack, which started in Ukraine and spread globally.


Protect your business with Cyber Essentials

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