Queen increases security after being warned royal family is ‘high-risk target’

The Queen, 95, has spent much of the past year making video calls, as a result of the pandemic, to hold engagements and chat to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from across the pond.

A rising concern to the Royal Family has emerged from hackers and cyber criminals who pose a threat to the security of the Royal Household.

Her Majesty's cyber security experts have outlined in a report that the risk of unauthorised access to the Royal's data has increased.

Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, is the one who made the warning to the Queen in writing.

Within the warning he is believed to refer to crooks in China and Russia being the most prominent threat.

He says the effects of hacking would be: “Reputational damage, penalties and/or legal action against the Household or members of staff.”

Fears have risen after US-based Colonial Pipeline was forced to pay a £3million ransom after being hacked in May.

Royal sources say that staff training on cyber security is to a high standard and measures have always been in place.

Defences have been heightened as a result of expert advise, not any specific incident.

Back in 2015 Oxford University professor Sadie Creese was hired to instruct The Queen and the late Prince Philip on social media safety.

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With a rise in the Royal Household's reliance on technology to stay in touch, especially during the pandemic, cyber security is now an important issue for them.

In May of this year, MailOnline reported that the Royal Household advertised for a £60,000-per-year cyber security expert to protect them from hacking.

Earlier this year the Queen appointed Elliot Atkins as Chief Information Security Officer, a newly created role, to prevent online attacks.

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Prior to this appointment ex-MI5 chief Andrew Parker was made Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household.

The Cabinet Office have too followed this trend as it was revealed they spent almost £300,000 in cybersecurity-related training.

According to political think tank Parliament Street courses included "The Art of Hacking", Digital Forensics Fundamentals" and "Ethical Hacking".

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