The Government is to launch a national cyber security centre to help protect the UK from online attacks.
The centre will advise Whitehall departments and companies on defending against hacking by foreign powers, organised criminals and terror groups, the Guardian reported.
It will form the centrepiece of the new national security strategy to be launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown later this month, sources confirmed.
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The changes will see the Cabinet Office co-ordinating anti-cybercrime efforts across Government.
Successful cyber attacks could bring down essential computer systems, or allow foreign governments to access them.