CYBER experts are fighting off more than two major hacking attacks against Britain every day.
The Bank of England , the Ministry of Defence, nuclear bases, security services and infrastructure such as transport and the NHS have been the main targets – and have all been put on high alert.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) foiled 68 major cyber attacks in the first month after it was launched in October.
China, North Korea, Russia, Iran and major criminal gangs are believed to be behind the hacking, the Mirror reports.
It comes as relations between Russia and countries like Britain, the US and France have taken a turn for the worse.
Earlier this week, President Obama, kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from the US amid a bitter dispute over cyber hacking aimed at the US presidential election.
It has also been claimed the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to be equipped with an arsenal of nuclear weapons within the next 12 months.
Security officials say retail, technology and security firms have also been hit which has resulted in a major theft of aerospace technology costing hundreds of millions of pounds.
The UK’s NCSC opened as part of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to tackle cyber crime.
It was formed as part of a £1.9billion government crackdown and considered a step forward in the UK’s ability to deal with the increasing threat posed by cyber threats which provides a collaborative link between government and businesses.
Last year, Chancellor Philip Hammond warned hostile “foreign actors” were developing techniques that threaten the country’s electrical grid and airports.
He said: “If we do not have the ability to respond in cyberspace to an attack which takes down our power network – leaving us in darkness or hits our air traffic control system grounding our planes – we would be left with the impossible choice of turning the other cheek, ignoring the devastating consequences, or resorting to a military response.
“That is a choice we do not want to face and a choice we do not want to leave as a legacy to our successors.”