UK spies to monitor cybersecurity at Chinese-built nuclear plants?

October 21, 2015

UK spies are to reportedly monitor computer systems at new nuclear power plants built by Chinese companies.

Reports claim British intelligence and security organisation GCHQ will be responsible for ensuring the UK’s energy network is not vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The news comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is currently in the UK for a four-day visit, is expected to sign a nuclear deal today.

While the GCHQ told ELN it will not comment on operational matters, a spokesperson added: “GCHQ has a remit to support the cyber security of private sector-owned critical national infrastructure projects, including in the civil nuclear sector and nuclear new builds, when invited to do so by the lead government department involved.”

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