UK braced for cyber revenge: Fears of retaliation from Putin over Syria strikes as Prime Minister insists action was in our 'national interest'
By Larisa Brown In London and Jemma Buckley In Moscow For The Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 23:22 BST, 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 23:50 BST, 15 April 2018
Britain was braced for a Russian cyber attack last night as officials warned of swift retaliation for the military strikes on Syria.
Intelligence officers at GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence are on standby to hit back if the Kremlin wages cyber warfare.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson acknowledged the threat yesterday, saying the UK had to take ‘every possible precaution’.
It is feared vital transport systems, water supplies, gas networks, banks, hospitals and even air traffic control could be hacked by Russia in response to the assault on Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.
Intelligence sources also fear the retaliation could involve the online release of so-called ‘kompromat’ – compromising information on MPs or other public figures.
Theresa May faces a knife-edge vote in the Commons over her decision to join Saturday morning’s US-led air strikes without parliamentary approval;
Graphic pictures showed how Assad’s facilities were destroyed by a barrage of 105 missiles from Britain, France and the US;
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a backlash from his own MPs after refusing to dismiss outlandish Russian claims that Britain was to blame for the Salisbury poisonings and even the gas atrocity in Syria;
The Mail can reveal that military chiefs were so concerned about a Russian counter-strike on an RAF base in Cyprus, they kept two jets back from the air strikes
Mr Johnson refused to rule out further strikes as defence officials feared Assad may have hidden chemical supplies in civilian sites, but Vladimir Putin warned that further military action would ‘inevitably lead to chaos in international relations’;
Donald Trump defended his hailing of the air strikes as ‘mission accomplished’ while the US prepared to announce more sanctions on Russia.
Weetam, Glen Row, less than a minute ago
The most hilarious aspect of this farce is the Russians don't have to do anything except sit back and watch the fun from the sidelines.
OUR ERIC, Fertod, Hungary, 2 minutes ago
Meanwhile another 100.000 migrants invade the UK thanks to a government who needs cheap labour to build houses for migrants.
5 Hold The Front Page, Manchester, United Kingdom, moments ago
Teresa May and Donald Trump are the aggressors here. If we get hit by a cyber attack I am holding them personally responsible.