Defence review: UK could use Trident to counter cyber-attack

Change to UK policy of using missiles only in response to nuclear, chemical or biological threats

Britain is prepared to launch nuclear weapons if the country was faced with an exceptionally destructive attack using cyber or other “emerging technologies”, according to the integrated defence review.

The stark statement marks a change from existing UK policy, which had been that Trident missiles could only be launched against another nuclear power, or potentially in response to extreme chemical or biological threats.

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