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EU facing range of cyber threats

LONDON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The European Union is facing a wide range of cyber threats, including extremism and state-sponsored aggression, according to a Chatham House report.

The London-based non-governmental analysis organization released a new report Wednesday that examines the evolving threat from cyber aggression faced by the EU. The report said the current EU focus on cyber threats is fragmented in response to a wide range of potential cyber attacks, Chatham House reported.

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The report, requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, was authored by Paul Cornish, the Chatham House International Security Program head. Cornish writes that organized criminal groups, extremists and state sponsors, among others, pose a serious cyber threat to the EU.

The report recommended that while there should be no overly centralized approach, the EU should "establish a cybersecurity coordinator within the Council Secretariat to act in close liaison with EU institutions and member governments," the release said.

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