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U.K. firms suffering 'industrial-scale theft' from hackers: Official

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Robert Hannigan, director of the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, said that firms and universities in the country are suffering "industrial-scale theft" of sensitive data from hackers, reported The Telegraph.

Mr. Hannigan was speaking during the launch of the country's National Cyber Security Centre.

GCHQ said that the country faces "a growing threat of cyber attacks from states, serious crime gangs, hacking groups as well as terrorists."

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