A RUSSIAN gang is behind dozens of cyber attacks on British businesses, a minister will warn today.
The Kremlin computer crooks have been running an online blitz on Ukraine and European businesses since the invasion.
Cabinet minister Steve Barclay will reveal they are behind 53 attempted ransomware attacks where hackers steal personal data to exchange it for cash.
He insists they were spotted quickly.
He will add there is a heightened risk of hostile attacks from the Kremlin on Britain for supporting Ukraine.
But he will tell a CyberUK conference in Wales: “The greatest cyber crime threat to the UK — now deemed severe enough to pose a national security threat — is from ransomware attacks.”
Mr Barclay will add: “While attempted attacks are concerning, we can draw positives.
“Our controls quickly spotted them.
“And in deploying rapid incident responses, we cull useful evidence to share with the wider sector, helping mitigate against similar-style attacks.”