UK Government fights off 6,000 online attacks

Wednesday, 27 November 2002, 1:49 PM EST

The government has fought off more than 6,500 digital attacks already this year, according to official figures.

The Cabinet Office was subject to 1,167 digital attacks last month alone, out of 5,857 during the course of the year.

But Cabinet Office minister Douglas Alexander said: "None of these resulted in compromise, loss or damage to any information held on the systems."

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has detected 564 attacks so far this year, with 34 in October alone. It said: "These attacks were all stopped by our existing security measures."

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