China Confirms Existence of Elite Cyber-Warfare Outfit the 'Blue Army'

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posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:11 AM
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China set up a specialized online "Blue Army" unit that it claims will protect the People's Liberation Army from outside attacks, prompting fears that the crack team was being used to infiltrate foreign governments' systems. At a rare briefing, China's defense ministry spokesman, Geng Yansheng, announced that the 30-strong team was formed to improve the military's security, the Beijing News reported Thursday. When a reporter asked if the Blue Army was set up in order to launch cyber attacks on other countries, Geng said that internet security was an international issue that impacted not only society but also the military field, adding that China was also a victim of cyber attacks and that the country's network security was currently relatively weak. The online unit, organized under the Guangdong Military Command, is believed to have existed for at least two years before Geng's acknowledgment Wednesday. Sources throughout the internet security industry have long believed that China-based hackers are the single largest source of worldwide cyber attacks. A report from US anti-virus software maker Symantec last year found that almost 30 percent of so-called malicious emails were sent from China Read more: www.foxnews.com...


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This is how I see WW3 happening. no bullets just good 'ol cyber warfare.




posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:16 AM
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Though I don't think 30 people will do it..

30-strong team was formed to improve the military's security,


I'm pretty sure every major player has a huge department devoted to cyber warfare now..



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:35 AM
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Bullets/projectiles will always be a part of war, though. You do have a point, though, due to the massive population of China, cyber warfare may be the most effective way to attack such a country.

The above poster was right, though. 30 is a drop in the bucket compared to what USA, Russia, and other countries are putting into their respective cyber warfare divisions. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they released the disinformation so other countries don't know how many people they really hav allocated to the subject.



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 08:26 PM
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yeah but remember this is china we are talking about. You can safely put a few zero's behind that 30!



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 08:29 PM
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yes but you will see a major cyber attack before any bullets fly. They will attack each others economy. That will be the key to winning the war.



posted on May, 28 2011 @ 05:09 AM
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Originally posted by SkipperJohn
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yes but you will see a major cyber attack before any bullets fly. They will attack each others economy. That will be the key to winning the war.



If that happens, I'll bet it will be because of zero day viruses that damage hardware. Not just one but maybe 10 different kinds released at once attacking different parts of the computer through different programs. Along with ddos's against major antivirus companies so consumers can't download antivirus signatures even when they have fixed their computers. Or maybe simply ddos's against major internet nodes.





 
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