WIlliam Hague: 'It Has Never Been Easier To Be A Cyber Criminal'
Foreign Secretary, William Hague is to tell a conference in Budapest that cyber crime is "one of the greatest global and strategic challenges of our time".
Delegates at the Budapest Cyberspace Conference will add that it has never been easier to attack businesses and governments through the internet pointing to basic software available online which supposedly can give access to online banking accounts - as well as 24-hour technical help for criminals.
"It has never been easier to become a cyber criminal. Today, such attacks are crisscrossing the globe from north to south and east to west - in all directions, recognising no borders, with all countries in the firing line," the Foreign Secretary is expected to say.
Hague will also point to a new £2m centre to protect the UK against cybercrime, which he believes is a model other countries should follow.
The foreign secretary will also use his speech to attack countries where access to the internet is shut down during protests or in an effort to restrict the freedom of expression and speech.
"Those governments who attempt this are erecting barricades against an unstoppable tide," Hague will say.