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Germany confirms existence of operational cyberwarfare unit
DPA via Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2012 | Michael Fischer, Joerg Blank and Christoph Dernbach

Posted on 06/11/2012 1:17:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai

German authorities confirmed Tuesday in a parliamentary document that their military possesses a top secret cyberwarfare unit which is already operational, but gave no details of how big it is or what kind of attacks it could conduct.

The German armed forces have been working for 20 years to defend the country's computer networks from external attack, but have never disclosed before that they have an offensive capacity as well.

The existence of the unit, set up in 2006, was disclosed in a six-page paper presented to the parliamentary committee on defense in Berlin. …

Legislators from both the government and opposition voiced surprise at the disclosure. Several questioned whether military commanders had the legal authority to mount attacks on foreign computer networks without parliamentary clearance.

(Excerpt) Read more at stripes.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: bundeswehr; cyberwarfare
. . . state within a state?
1 posted on 06/11/2012 1:17:09 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Any country that does not have an operational cyber-warfare division within its military has a treacherously incompetent government that ought to be thrown out...


2 posted on 06/11/2012 1:58:15 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I certainly won’t argue that point; the USA should have been the leader in cyberwarfare instead of being (for the most part) a victim and a straggler. However, for the Bundeswehr to act in that manner is more than just reminiscent of the proverbial “state within a state” . . .


3 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“...top secret cyberwarfare unit ...”

Not any more.


4 posted on 06/11/2012 2:56:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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