China details cyber-defence team

The People's Liberation Army in China has reportedly established an online warfare team to counter cyberthreats

The Chinese government has confirmed it has established an online warfare team to beef up the defence capabilities of the People's Liberation Army, according to various reports on Friday.

Geng Yansheng, spokesperson for China's Defence Ministry, was quoted as saying that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) set up the cyber-war unit, or "cyber blue team", to support its military training and upgrade the army's internet security defence.

A report from China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency noted that Geng's comments came after the PLA Daily revealed the existence of a cyber-warfare unit on 17 May. The media outlet, which covers news on the army, added that the blue team operates under the Guangzhou Military Region — one of seven across China — and had conducted a synchronised internet exercise with different military units in late April.

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