UK government to create cyber warfare division

?650 million earmarked to develop defensive and offensive capabilities
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The Ministry of Defence is reported to be developing an offensive cyber warfare unit to complement its traditional military assets.

According to, although the MOD has not publicly acknowledged such a move, the armed forces minister Nick Harvey hinted at such a development in a speech to the think-tank Charter House. He stated that the new UK Defence Cyber Operations Group would be responsible for “developing, testing and validating cyber techniques as a complement to traditional military capabilities.”

“Actions in cyberspace form part of the battlefield rather than being separate to it,” continued Harvey. “We still live in a physical world - so physical capabilities will never be replaced, but they should be supplemented by cyber capabilities which will give protection where necessary and greater flexibility where required.”