Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies.

Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while they take part in Exercise Black Eagle in south western Poland this month. An armoured battle group of more than 1,300 troops, Challenger tanks and Warrior fighting vehicles is taking part Britain’s biggest Eastern European manoeuvres since 2008.

The exercise is designed to reassure Britain’s Nato allies in the region that they will be backed against aggression from Moscow in the wake of Ukraine crisis and annexation of Crimea.

Britain’s security services and military intelligence experts have decided troops’ laptops, smartphones and electronic devices could be targets for Russian intelligence agencies, or state-sponsored criminal….

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