Onward Cyber Warriors, Marching as to War

Wordsmith

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From today's Telegraph.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/31/british-army-engage-social-media-warfare-senior-soldier-announces/
The British Army is to engage in social media warfare, its most senior soldier has announced as he launched a new division of the military dedicated to fighting cyber threats. Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, the Commander of the Field Army, said the division would operate “above and below the threshold of conventional conflict" to counter malign Russian activity and threats from technologically sophisticated terror groups such as Isil. The new formation, titled 6 Division (6 Div), will seek to influence the behaviour of the public and adversaries by specialising in “information warfare”. It is expected to react to social media "attacks" on Britain, and proactively launch similar offensives.
Countering some of these attacks seems a sensible idea, but "proactively launch similar offensives" might not be a good idea. Dictatorships such as China or Russia have more bad guys then we do, and will not be so inclined to respect the rules of engagement as our guys will.

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Goatman

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Can haz all ur dollahs?
 

Daxx

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Will FCT (Facebook Combat Technicians) be allowed to have scraggy beards, wear trainers, white socks, jeans and unwashed death metal t shirts, while being paid more than OF5's?
 
For those who don't subscribe to the Telegraph the same story is available on the DM

Cyber Warriors

But, really, 1 in 5 members of the British Army are going to be Spec Ops now?

And already discussed on the RSS feed from yesterday

Evolving Threats
 
Signals and Int corp, as if they haven't enough to contend with,.............just a random thought!
 
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I just find it amusing that almost 30 years after the end of the Cold War, and the loss of the Warsaw Pact as our main threat, the name of Commander of the British Army is Ivan... :)

My ironymeter has gone right off the scale....
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A new division, eh? Will that make two, then?

(I’m a bit out of touch these days.)
 
From today's Telegraph.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/31/british-army-engage-social-media-warfare-senior-soldier-announces/


Countering some of these attacks seems a sensible idea, but "proactively launch similar offensives" might not be a good idea. Dictatorships such as China or Russia have more bad guys then we do, and will not be so inclined to respect the rules of engagement as our guys will.

Wordsmith
Does that means they'll start recruiting on 4chan?
 
@dogmeat

Whilst everyone loves a hoodie, they are trying to get away from that imagery now.

The state of cybersecurity imagery is, in a word, abysmal. A simple Google Image search for the term proves the point: It's all white men in hoodies hovering menacingly over keyboards, green "Matrix"-style 1s and 0s, glowing locks and server racks, or some random combination of those elements -- sometimes the hoodie-clad men even wear burglar masks. Each of these images fails to convey anything about either the importance or the complexity of the topic -- or the huge stakes for governments, industry and ordinary people alike inherent in topics like encryption, surveillance and cyber conflict.

So no swag sorry.

 
Does that means they'll start recruiting on 4chan?
Predictably HMG is far behind both jihadists and exteme right wing in recruiting on-line.

Still better late than never, I suppose?
 
@dogmeat

Whilst everyone loves a hoodie, they are trying to get away from that imagery now.



So no swag sorry.

With very few exceptions, I can well imagine the Mr Robot/Hack the Planet leitmotif runs deep in the veins of the UK military "Cyber" <spit> upper echelons.

My swag post may have reflected this view.
 

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