Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Germany Prepares For Cyberwar

Reuters: German Military Can Use 'Offensive Measures' Against Cyber Attacks: Minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German military has the authority to respond with "offensive measures" if its computer networks are attacked, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, amid growing concerns among German lawmakers about control of such actions.

Von der Leyen, speaking at the opening ceremony for Germany's new cyber command in Bonn, gave no details of what kind of retaliation she had in mind.

"If the German military's networks are attacked, then we can defend ourselves. As soon as an attack endangers the functional and operational readiness of combat forces, we can respond with offensive measures," she said.

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Update: Germany launches new military unit to combat cyberattacks (AP)

WNU editor: Germany has been talking about this for years .... Germany plans cyber-warfare defense center (December 28, 2010: Reuters)

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