Mr Cameron goes to Washington for PESKY HACKERS chinwag with Pres Obama

Yo, Barak, how do we tackle naughty Norkers, then?

U.S. President Barak Obama will end his week of lobbying for more powers to fight hackers online, by hosting Britain's Prime Minster David Cameron on Thursday and Friday, when the two leaders will discuss internet security.

Thwarting malefactors who attack companies' computer systems, such as the recent, devastating assault on film studio Sony Pictures, is a topic that is expected to dominate the conversation between the pair.

The confab will come after a GCHQ report on threats from hackers has been released by the UK's eavesdropping nerve centre, a spokeswoman at Number 10 confirmed to The Register today.

Cameron and Obama are also expected to talk about national security and counter-terrorism, the global economic outlook and growth and free trade, Downing Street said.

Blighty's Sunday papers were briefed on the upcoming GCHQ report, which apparently revealed that more than 80 per cent of UK firms had tackled an internet security breach in 2014.

The agency's boss Robert Hannigan was quoted as saying that "the scale and rate of these attacks show little sign of abating." ®

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