Britain to Launch Cyber Force to Counter Russian Threat

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The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense and Government Communications Headquarters will establish a joint task force to counter Russian and other terrorist’s cyber threats, Ukriform reported.

They will also be expected to take on and monitor domestic crime groups, as well as hostile states.

It comes after Britain vowed to retaliate against Russian aggression after it blamed the country for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal  and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

The new unit will consist of two thousand troops from the military and security services, which would be a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on offensive cyber operations. Britain plans to spend at least 250 million pounds on establishing the unit.

“By adopting offensive cyber techniques in the U.K., we are leveling the playing field and providing new means of both deterring and punishing states that wish to do us harm,” said General Sir Richard Barrons, ex-commander of Joint Forces Command.