Hackers recruited to fight 'new cold war'

·Britain is to build new defences against a "cyber cold war" being launched from China and Russia amid fears that hackers could gain the technology to shut down the computer systems that control Britain's power stations, water companies, air traffic, government and financial markets.
The Government has announced it is launching a new Cyber Security Operations Centre to counter the threat, bringing together the expertise of MI5, the GCHQ listening centre in Cheltenham and the Metropolitan Police.
"It would be silly to say that we don't have any capability to do offensive work from Cheltenham. You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff. If they have been slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other naughty boys."
Britain is working "very, very closely" with the US, where President Barack Obama launched a similar strategy last month.
British officials insist they are aware of no successful attacks against government computer systems but point out that industrial partners are more vulnerable and point out that such as British Telecom receives 1,000 attacks a day.
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