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China: Yep, We Have Elite Cyber Warriors

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China: Yep, We Have Elite Cyber Warriors - top government contractors - best government contracting eventChina admits for the first time that it has an elite unit of cyber warriors in its army, an intelligence official has told U.K.-based Channel 4 News.

The unit — part of China’s People’s Liberation Army — is called the “cyber blue team” and will work to protect Chinese networks from cyber attack. However, many fear the unit could also attack and spearhead coordinated cyberwarfare across the world.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng confirmed the existence of the team and said it was stood up to “better safeguard the Internet security of the armed forces.”

When asked whether the unit would launch offensive cyber operations on foreign nations, Geng said cybersecurity was an international issue, affecting civil and military areas. He said China was still “relatively weak” in cybersecurity and vulnerable to cyber-terrorism.

Channel 4 News said some speculate the unit has existed for at least two years and could have as many as 30 individuals involved. Intelligence analyst Glenmore Trenear-Harvey told Channel 4 News many in the intelligence community believe China already has a cyber attack force.

“They may have acknowledged that they have set up this unit, but they have been doing it for a long time, and they have been enormously successful in their attacks,” he said.

 

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