US mulls new ‘cyber army’ to counter digital threats from China and Russia
Operators from US Cyber Command report that they were forced to carry out an online defensive operation in Albania to fend off cyberattacks on the local government last year Image Courtesy Reuters
The United States (US) is reportedly considering the possibility of creating a new military unit to combat cyberattacks from rival nations such as China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Strategists in the United States (US), including lawmakers, have pondered the issue with China, Russia, Iran and North Korea showing both the intent and the ability to launch cyberattacks against US interests.
A few recent cyberattacks have added urgency to calls for a new US cyberforce. Operators from US Cyber Command reported that they were forced to carry out an online defensive operation in Albania to ward off cyberattacks on the local government last year.
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This cyberattack shut down Albania’s public online services and websites. There have been allegations that Iran carried out the cyberattack against the NATO member country. Albania’s refusal to prosecute the Mojahedin-e-Khalq – a group opposed to the Iranian government – which has a presence in Albania was reportedly the reason for the Iranian cyberattack.
The second incident took place in February this year when a ransomware attack took place against the US Marshals Service. This cyber attack compromised data on law enforcement operations, high security individuals and fugitives.
These cyberattacks forced the US Congress to call for an assessment of the costs, benefits, and values of establishing a uniform service to protect US interests in cyberspace.
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