Newspaper headlines: Russian cyber war ‘may grind UK to halt’

Image caption Russia has threatened the UK with a “cyber war”, reports the Telegraph. It says a “dirty tricks” campaign has been launched by President Putin in retaliation against the Syria strikes. The paper reports Whitehall sources claim Kremlin-linked social media accounts have been increasingly spreading “disinformation” in the days after the missiles struck.
Image caption The Express also leads on the possibility of Russian computer hackers bringing the UK “to a standstill”. It says targets could include airports, rail networks, hospitals, power supplies and banks. The paper also says spy chiefs have warned the attacks could lead to “embarrassing” information about ministers and MPs being leaked.
Image caption President Putin’s attack is “imminent”, says the Mirror.
Image caption Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ is on standby to hit back at the Kremlin’s cyber revenge, reports the Mail. It quotes the UK foreign secretary saying “every possible precaution” is being taken.
Image caption The Metro reports Jeremy Corbyn is going to “war” with the PM. It says the Labour leader will confront Theresa May in Parliament over her failure to consult MPs before intervening in Syria.
Image caption Meanwhile, the i claims the PM faces a “showdown” in the Commons. It says there are fears from some Tories that Britain could be “dragged further” into the Syrian war.
Image caption But Mrs May insists the bombing was in the UK’s “national interest”, says the Guardian. It reports she is braced for a “highly charged” questioning in the Commons on Monday as she seeks to provide the reasoning behind the decision to approve the strikes. The paper says Mrs May is expected to emphasise the international support for the action.
Image caption “Back me or back brutality” is the headline on the front of The Sun. It says Mrs May will give the ultimatum to MPs before calling for an emergency debate over the crisis.
Image caption French President Emmanuel Macron has persuaded Donald Trump to keep US forces in Syria “long term”, reports the Times. It says President Macron has suggested he was responsible for changing President Trump’s plan to pull troops out this month. The paper also carries images of the Barzeh research centre before and after strikes hit on Saturday.
Image caption Elsewhere, the departure of advertising giant, Sir Martin Sorrell, is featured on the front of the FT. It reports sources claim the ex-WPP chief, who was the firm’s head for 33 years, is free to start a new company as he did not sign a non-compete agreement. The paper also speculates his replacement at WPP is likely to be employed externally.
Image caption The Star reports the UK could face scorching temperatures of up to 26C this week. It claims there are fears about those taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday.

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