NatWest’s planned closure of the UK bank accounts of Russia state-funded TV network RT has caused a storm of debate in Moscow. Russia has been quick to accuse the UK government of being behind it, but the most likely driver may be banking compliance matters.
General Sir Richard Barrons has laid out his concerns about the defence and security postures adopted by the UK, NATO, and the West more generally, at a time of what he argues is a substantially increased threat to global peace and security.
Adversaries currently outmatch the British Army in information warfare. While it is encouraging that officers with a background in combat arms are calling for the development of this capability however, it is important not to expect too much.
The internet clearly matters to terrorists, but online content by itself rarely causes people to carry out terrorist attacks. Responses should therefore not be limited to the mass removal of terrorist content from online platforms.
The rise of cyber-dependent crime highlights the challenges facing the anti-money laundering framework in a digital era. This should be viewed as a wake-up call as well as an opportunity to update and improve the antiquated regime.