German military to launch cyber command

March 31, 2017
The Bundeswehr's new Cyber and Information Space (CIR) Command, based in the former West German capital of Bonn, will start off with 260 IT specialists but grow to 13,500 military and civilian personnel by July

Germany's armed forces Saturday launch a cyber command, with a status equal to that of the army, navy and air force, meant to shield its IT and weapons systems from attack.

Military planners fear that wars of the future will start with against critical infrastructure and networks, extensive online espionage and sabotage.

The Bundeswehr's new Cyber and Information Space (CIR) Command, based in the former West German capital of Bonn, will start off with 260 IT specialists but grow to 13,500 military and civilian personnel by July.

With the new digital force, Germany is taking a leading role among NATO allies, its new commander, Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, told news weekly Focus.

Leinhos said the main tasks would be to operate and protect the military's own IT infrastructure and computer-assisted , as well as surveillance of online threats.

He said the centre would also develop and war-game offensive capabilities because "in order to be able to defend yourself, you have to know the options for attack".

However, any full-scale cyber attacks abroad would have to be approved by the German parliament, just like any other military mission.

The security of national and government IT systems, meanwhile, remains the responsibility of the interior ministry which oversees the domestic security agency that handles counterespionage.

The German government has been sensitised to cyber security since the parliament was attacked last year, with sources suspecting Russian hackers behind the attack.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen had announced the creation of the cyber command two years ago to protect the military from increasing numbers of online .

The defence ministry said that in this year's first nine weeks alone, the IT systems of the Bundeswehr had been targeted more than 280,000 times.

Leinhos said that "we are in a constant race between the development of attack options and defensive capabilities".

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gkam
1 / 5 (6) Apr 01, 2017
The US is already striking back at the Friends of Trump in Russia.

"U.S. sweeping up Russian hackers in a broad global dragnet"

http://www.mcclat...444.html

Actions and consequences.
Estevan57
4.2 / 5 (5) Apr 01, 2017
Actually, gkam, none of these arrests are connected to the alleged election hacking.

You need to read your materials better to support your infantile political statements.
gkam
Apr 01, 2017
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Estevan57
4.2 / 5 (5) Apr 02, 2017
Careful now, that's what got you kicked outa Walmart.

Actually gkam, I would rather read some of what you post, and wonder why you can't manage to do the same.
gkam
1 / 5 (6) Apr 02, 2017
I was only in one wal-mart, somewhere in the midwest. It had taken over the town and run all the craftsmen and small businessmen out of business. Tjhose folks were then working for minimum wage at Wal-Mart.

Now, the company is closing many of those stores, leaving those towns with nothing.

Actually, Estevan, I find you adolescent and hateful, and not good reading.

EmceeSquared
3 / 5 (4) Apr 03, 2017
Hey Estevan57: You say the "none of these arrests are connected to the alleged election hacking". But the Mcclatchy article gkam linked to says:

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The Justice Department cites fuzzy and overlapping boundaries between criminal hackers and Russian intelligence agencies, the same ones the U.S. accuses of coordinating the hacking and subsequent disclosure of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump dismisses allegations that Russia meddled in the election as "fake news," but the FBI and congressional committees have launched probes and the Obama administration ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in late December.
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Why are you insisting that they're not connected, and referring to them as only "alleged"?
Estevan57
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 07, 2017
@EmceeSquared Please let me clarify. The article from gkam lists the hackers and the crimes that they were arrested for. None of those crimes was related to the election.

The election hacking and influencing has not yet produced an indictment, and may not, and in our (American) legal system the crimes still remain alleged until proven guilty.

Do I think there was influence, yep.
Do I think Russia Intelligence agencies played our election like a cheap drum, yep.

I am aware of what Trump calls "fake". It's his way of saying "unflattering".

They are simply not connected YET. That is why I say alleged. Have a good day.

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