29 Jan '16, 12pm

#China's military force to take lead on cyber, space defence

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A new Chinese military outfit will lead the country's push to enhance its cyber warfare, space security and online espionage capabilities, Chinese military observers and analysts said. Senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officials and other observers have begun to give details of the country's new Strategic Support Force (SSF), whose establishment was announced at the end of last year as part of a major overhaul of the armed forces. "It's going to make them far more effective," said John Costello, a Washington-based analyst who focuses on China's cyber capabilities. "It will most likely increase the sophistication of cyber intrusions and cyber reconnaissance over the long term. It will make them a lot more formidable to sustain cyber operations in a contested environment." The new outfit will also be charged with assisting civilian government departme...

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