UK military chief aims to set up cyber command

Britain`s military chief wants to set up a UK version of US` Cyber Command.

Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 11:05 AM IST

London: Britain`s military chief says he wants to set up a UK version of America`s Cyber Command, the Pentagon`s newly formed cyberwarfare division.

General David Richards was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying that cyberattacks were going to be a part of future warfare "just as tanks and aircraft are today”, and that he wanted Britain to work on its offensive capabilities.

The paper said that Richards, the chief of Britain`s defence staff, had just returned from visiting the US Cyber Command.
British officials have repeatedly spoken out about the threat of cyberwarfare, and the government is investing an extra GBP 650 million (about USD 1 billion) in the country`s electronic defences.

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