Newspaper headlines: Russian cyber war 'may grind UK to halt'

By BBC News


Several papers warn of an impending cyber attack - which they claim is likely to be Russia's chosen form of retaliation against the Syria air strikes.

Targeting national infrastructure could bring the UK "to a standstill", reports the Express. The paper says President Putin's hitlist includes airports, rail networks, hospitals, power supplies and banks.

He will combine this with a "fake news" campaign, it adds.

The attack is "imminent", says the Mirror, and could target politicians as hackers seek to release "embarrassing" information about them.

It also carries a warning by the Russians that the strikes were an "act of aggression" and that further military interference could disrupt world peace.

The Mail says there's been a 2,000% increase in the number of Russian social media accounts spreading Kremlin "propaganda" in the hours after the strikes.

The claims come ahead of - what the Express calls - an "intense" day in Parliament in which Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to face questions over her decision to authorise the UK's involvement in the strikes.

Huffington Post UK reports the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, believed Mrs May's decision was "policy made up by Twitter" and that she had been too keen to "follow Donald Trump's lead".

But many papers note she will insist the action was in "Britain's national interest".

An ultimatum from Mrs May is carried on the front of the Sun as she will tell MPs to back her policy or expect more attacks from Russia.

Writing in the paper, the PM says the attack was not about regime change or interfering in a civil war but about alleviating humanitarian suffering by degrading Syria's chemical weapons armoury.

According to the Telegraph, pushy parents are faking marriage breakdowns so they can get their children into the school of their choice.

The paper says "creative" methods, including taking out a short term let near a desirable school or even a pretend marriage break up, are being used.

It explains one parent rents near a desirable school to get a child into their number one choice.

The paper says 267 offers were withdrawn because of fraudulent applications in 2015-16.

Under the headline "Super Nev", the paper's opinion column pays tribute to Tracey Neville, the team captain.

"As a gaffer," it says, "she has outdone her brother Gary, the former Manchester United ace".

And it expresses hope that her other brother Phil, who recently took charge of the England women's football team, has been taking notes.