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Top GCHQ spy to head-up ‘cyber SAS’

An Oxbridge graduate who has worked her way up the ranks of GCHQ has been chosen to lead the UK's offensive cyber operations.

Reports in national newspaper call the woman in question "one of Britain's top spies" and the organisation she will head up a "cyber warfare agency" which aims to fend off attacks from hostile nations, criminals and terrorists.

As is fitting, the identity of the individual remains under wraps for "security reasons", but we are at least told the new organisation will be called the National Cyber Force - a joint venture between GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence.

The only other details which appear in the public domain, but which probably don't narrow down identifying the women in question w great deal, is that she is an Oxbridge graduate.

Whitehall clearly thinks extremely highly of her, if The Sunday Times' comment attributed to Government is anything to go by: "The specialist who will be running the National Cyber Force is not only the nest woman cyber-spy in Britain, but the best offensive cyber spy this country has."

"She is a highly experienced operator who is very well versed in military operations."

It is understood the National Cyber Force will have a budget of about £250 million at launch and initially be staffed by more than 500 "hackers" with that number expected to grow to 3,000.

The team will build on the programme already being run from GCHQ.

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