Security breaches at MoD up 40% in 2015, says UK defence minister

February 1, 2016

The UK’s Ministry of Defence saw a significant spike in security breaches last year, the government has confirmed.

Figures released in Parliament on Friday revealed that security incidents—including “cyber attacks”—had rocketed almost 40 percent in 2015. Defence minister Mark Lancaster said that the MoD had recorded 2,145 breaches last year, compared with 1,547 in 2014.

Labour MP Kevan Jones asked the under-secretary of state, in a written parliamentary question, to disclose unauthorised entries to military bases, thefts or losses of classified material, other security breaches, and successful Internet-based attacks on the Whitehall department.

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