Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Russia's Military Has Mobilised A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu © Sputnik

Reuters: Russia sets up information warfare units - defence minister

Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Russian military planners, like their counterparts elsewhere, see the spreading of propaganda as a crucial part of modern warfare.

Moscow's activities in this area are under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence agencies accused the Kremlin of mounting an "influence operation" to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election last November.

European intelligence agencies have also said Moscow is seeking to destabilise governments and influence elections in Europe with cyber attacks and fake news. Moscow has denied interfering in other countries' elections.

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More News On The Russian Military Mobilising A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

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