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Cyberspace Security Conference Underway in London

Capital city London is playing host to an important conference on UK's cyber defences and the need for hi-tech measures to counter cyber attacks on critical infrastructures.

According to BBC (opens in new tab), representatives of 60 nations are expected to attend to conference including tech industry heavy weights like European Union digital chief Neelie Kroes, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Cisco vice president Brad Boston and top Facebook executive Joanna Shields.

The conference was preceded by a dire warning by GCHQ head Ian Lobban who said the number of cyber attacks on the UK had reached ‘disturbing' levels. He also revealed that recently, the UK was targeted with a significant cyber attack which failed to fulfil its nefarious purpose.

"We want to widen the pool of nations and cyberusers that agree with us about the need for norms of behaviour, and who want to seek a future cyberspace based on opportunity, freedom, innovation, human rights and partnership, between government, civil society and the private sector," said Foreign Secretary William Hague during his opening speech at the conference.

The UK government, which has set aside a considerable sum for beefing up Britain's cyber security infrastructure, plans on coming up with international standards that will let countries counter the threat posed by cyber attacks.

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