7 May 2024

China suspected of hacking UK armed forces payroll

Political Editor

Rishi Sunak says a “malign actor” has broken into the armed forces payroll system, potentially compromising the details of more than a quarter of a million current and recently retired members of the military.

Ministers declined to identify the culprit but many MPs blame China for the cyber attack – an accusation Beijing said was absurd.

As politicians returned to Westminster after last week’s local elections, the disturbing revelation dragged their attention away from analysing the results of those contests.