In Germany at the beginning of April, it will be Cyber and information command. About it reports Reuters.
The new structure will be located in Bonn. Its original strength is 260, but by July it is planned to increase to 13.5 thousand people, including in the strategic military intelligence and communications centers. By 2021, the number of staff will reach 14.5 thousand people, 1.5 thousand seats reserved for civilian contractors.
The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen has called the head of the new cyber command will be Lieutenant-General Ludwig Leinhos.
According to the Agency, the structure is created pursuant to the decisions of NATO and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the protection of Germany against cyber attacks one of the main priorities. As the main enemy is considered Russia, which is believed in Berlin, trying using propaganda and disinformation to destabilize German society.
On 7 January the Federal office for the protection of the German Constitution said that the cyber attack on OSCE in December 2016, there is a trace of the “Russian hackers”. According to the head of office Hans-Georg Maassen’s, experts have evidence pointing to the involvement of the group ART 28 (another name is considered Fancy Bears), which is associated with Russia.