FT is password protected so, with apoligies to the FT, in full. First questions: How many hackers et al would get past officer selection? Is this command going to be manned by officers or ORs? Set a thief to catch a thief - what type of person is best suited for this? Will this just keep braid, and plenty of it, in position? If ORs how do you pay them the going rate? How do you deploy a cybersoldier? MoD to set up army of cybersoldiers By Helen Warrell and Maija Palmer Published: May 31 2011 20:44 | Last updated: May 31 2011 20:44 The Ministry of Defence is to develop a cadre of dedicated cyberexperts to protect infrastructure and government networks from electronic attack, it announced on Tuesday. The army of cybersoldiers would be deployed in response to a trend towards attacks on MoD systems, which are probed on a regular basis, the ministry said. The team will be funded as part of the £650m set aside for cybersecurity under the governments strategic defence and security review last October. Nick Harvey, armed forces minister, told the Financial Times that, while the UKs increasing dependence on computer networks brings many advantages, it also exposed the government and private sector to new vulnerabilities. [Cyber] is very different to traditional military power because one person with the intent and the know-how and a laptop can do as much damage as entire armies, he said. What we are trying to do is to work up a cadre of experts who will drill into everyone across gov*ernment and our industrial partners the necessary skills and capabilities to deter attacks and cope with an attack when it happens. Jonathan Shaw, the major-general who leads the cyberdefence unit, will oversee the development of the specialist team. Future conflict will see cyberoperations conducted in parallel with more conventional actions in the sea, land and air operations, the MoD said in a statement. Therefore, we must plan, train, exercise and operate in a way which integrates our activities in both cyber and physical space. Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, warned last year that there were more than 20,000 malicious e-mails on government networks each month, of which 1,000 were deliberately aimed at the government. The private sector *particularly the defence industry is also at risk. The MoDs move comes just days after Lockheed Martin, a contractor to the US *military, revealed it had been the target of a per*sistent hacking attempt. Malicious interference often appears to come from China or Russia, security experts say, and could be from governments or government-linked organisations, although the connections are difficult to prove. In early 2010 Google said its computer systems had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers, prompting the web search company to pull out of the Chinese market. David Harley, senior research fellow at ESET, a producer of anti-virus software, said: The security services and the security community at large have been aware of such problems as targeted malware and spear phishing [targeted phishing attacks] backed by nation states for many years. The community has long warned about the risks to the critical national infrastructure, which includes a far wider range of organisation than the public might realise. Both the US and China have previously announced investment in cyberwarfare. .