The British authorities are planning to build a cyber defense center that can launch attacks on “hostile states”, as British Defense Minister Ben Wallace announced in an interview with The Telegraph.
Wallace said the office will employ thousands of analysts and hackers by 2030, placing the country “at the top” of nations capable of carrying out such attacks.
The ministerial assignments for this center include tracking down pedophilia networks on the Internet, fighting terrorism and defending against “hostile states”.
As an example, Wallace cites North Korea’s cyberattack against the country’s National Health Service (NHS) in 2017 with the Wannacry ransomware.
“My duty is to defend, but part of it is to destroy your opponents’ ability to attack you,” the minister defended.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to refer to this new initiative in his speech at the Conservative Party Conference starting this Sunday in Manchester.