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Britain's cyber security chief warns of Russian interference

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Britain's cyber security chief says Russian hackers are targeting the country's telecommunications systems, media and energy networks.

Ciaran Martin's stark warning comes after Prime Minister on Monday said was "weaponizing information" and meddling in elections to undermine the international order.

Martin, in prepared remarks released before a speech today, says "Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Center over the past year, has included attacks on the U.K. media, telecommunications and energy sectors."

The Guardian newspaper today reported that more than 400 Twitter accounts run from published posts about Britain's departure from the European Union in an attempt to influence local politics. The Times of reported that Russian accounts posted almost 45,000 Brexit messages in the final hours of last year's referendum.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 18:48 IST