The cybersnoops are always one step ahead of government ministers

Most people would assume – and certainly hope – that the emails of a serving Chancellor could not be read by a newspaper looking for a story.Because if a journalist can access someone like Gordon Brown’s personal correspondence just imagine what the Chinese are reading. During the past few years, the Government has invested millions of pounds trying to ensure its communications are as secure from interception as possible. But two glaring problems remain. The first is that while the Government can secure its own communications it cannot secure the communications of those it corresponds with.Every time a minister writes an email to anyone outside Whitehall that correspondence is vulnerable from the moment it arrives in the recipient’s inbox.

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