Foreign secretary William Hague has outlined a series of malicious cyber attacks aimed at vital parts of the UK's defence industry at a security summit in Munich today.
According to Silicon.com, a variation on the Zeus Trojan infected many devices inside the Foreign Office after links within misleading e-mails were opened. The large number of International figures were tricked into reading the fake e-mail which they believed was sent from the White House containing information on the Trident missile.
While experts were able to clear up the infection, many e-mails still managed to bypass initial security, and could, if left undetected for longer, have stolen vital and sensitive information on the nations defence projects.
Cyber crime was placed as a priority in the goverment's National Security Straegy with £650m worth of funding being put into cyber security programmes.
Hague stated that he believes that fellow countries should use "more comprehensive, structured dialogue ... to lay the basis for agreement on a set of standards on how countries should act in cyberspace"