New ‘cyber army’ for Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland is to have a “cyber army” numbering at least 1,000 soldiers within several years capable of waging warfare in cyberspace, the country’s defence minister said on Monday.
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Antoni Macierewicz told the “Cybersec” European Cybersecurity Forum in Kraków, southern Poland, that the country has earmarked PLN 2 billion (EUR 465m, USD 545m) for the new initiative.
In a speech, Macierewicz said that in the modern world, cyberspace is theatre of combat "no less than [military operations] on land, sea, air and in space."
Macierewicz said the ministry of defence and other Polish government ministries were targeted by "troll factories" almost every day.
He added: "All means thanks to which public opinion can be manipulated are employed. Credible-looking interviews, recordings and even books are appearing that are then widely promoted in the country and around the world."
Macierewicz told the conference: “We are aware of how much responsibility falls on Poland because of the key role it plays on NATO's eastern flank."
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło earlier on Monday announced a new department of cybersecurity would be set up in her office.