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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Germany deploys cybersoldiers
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:40:55 pm »
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/919/1050919/germany-deploys-cybersoldiers

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Germany has revealed that it has a team of 76 soldiers who are trained to defend the country from cyber attacks and software piracy. Wearing a uniform which is a bit like those worn by the Luftwaffe the secret unit was exposed by the German magazine Der Spiegel. Based in a barracks in the central Tomburg not far from Bonn, the unit is trained to sabotage attacks on Germany's World Wide Wibble connections. The commander of the corps is Brigadier General Wilhelm Kriesel, his 76-man team is a crack body of the 6,000 soldiers that he can call up to give them a hand. Germany is the first Nato country to create an operating unit of Web soldiers, or at least the first country which has let it be publicly known. Currently the German government is preparing a law that would regularise their position, calling them essentially as a kind of equivalent of defence in the virtual world. At the moment they have a slight problem in that they have to obey the same laws as everyone else and cannot act in the 'national interest'. However the Der Spiegel article did mention that they would be used to combat software piracy which is somewhat alarming. While many people would accept that terrorists and other enemies of the fatherland need to be bought down by the military, they would be less happy if the military was being used by the movie studios and music industry as its own armed wing.

If there's any truth in the software piracy part of this article, it raises a lot of questions about the RIAA's legality in it's activities with governments. I'm sure most of the population won't be happy with private companies being allowed to use the army both unlawfully and for free. 

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Re: Germany deploys cybersoldiers
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 10:18:39 pm »
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Germany is the first Nato country to create an operating unit of Web soldiers, or at least the first country which has let it be publicly known.
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and therein lie the key phrase.... the real part of this we should all be thinking about...

Offline DaBees-Knees

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Re: Germany deploys cybersoldiers
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 05:57:36 am »
I'm fairly certain other countries will have similar military units monitoring the net (America, China and Russia are perfect examples). What I object to very strongly are these units being used for anything other than a countries military defence. Once civilian interests, and particularly private ones, get involved we are on a rapid slope to a truly Orwellian society.

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