SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has expanded its cyber warfare unit to staff 3,000 people and continues to train prodigies to become professional hackers, a defector said Wednesday, after South Korea recently accused the North of crippling the online services of one of its banks.
November 2, 2011: China continues to expand its already enormous Internet Army. The latest effort is ordering companies to organize their Internet savvy employees into a cyber-militia, and inspire these geeks to find ways to protect the firm's networks. In practice, many companies just tell all males under 30 that they have volunteered. Less publicized is the training given to some of these company militias on how to carry out Internet based espionage. The understanding is that there much less risk if this capability is only used against foreign firms.
This message came along on twitter, could it be possible that these groups are working together?
@LulzSec @Anonymouse we do support you,from now on #IranianCyberArmy #PersianAnon #LulzSec #AntiSec #Anonymouse
The Syrian government has brutally cracked down on protesters demanding regime change and social freedoms over the past two weeks: Government forces have detained 10 000 protesters in mass arrests, activists say, while Syrian tanks have shelled residential neighborhoods in contested cities. And in this day and age, every war comes with a cyberwar.
Sri Lanka Army Commander says Cyber War still continues
Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya today said although the physical war waged for 30 years has come to an end, the warfare has not come to an end by eliminating terrorists from this country as the 'cyber war', the war on information highway, is still continuing.
The Iranian military consists of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and a Revolutionary Guard force. Iran’s total active duty armed forces numbers 513,000, while reserves add another 350,000. The army is divided into 3 army headquarters with 4 armored divisions and 7 infantry divisions, 1 airborne brigade, 1 Special Forces division and now 1 cyber division. Their budget equates to between $95 and $100 per capita. This figure is lower than other Persian Gulf nations, and lower as a percentage of gross national product than all other Gulf States except the United Arab Emirates.
Education is considered a top priority in the development plans of the country, the authorities have endeavored to increase the primary education enrolment rate. In 2008 Iran had over 3.5 million students enrolled in universities. In the past two decades the education system and curricula have been reformed multiple times. Application of modern educational equipment and technologies such as information and communication technologies is developing considerably. The increased attention to higher education is producing the computer scientists and technology engineers necessary to have an advanced cyber weapons program.
Iran’s Software Capability
US troops are to be allowed to use social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook following a review of internet use and security.
"Defence department officials say the benefits of using social media now outweigh the risks to security.."
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that social networking can help the Pentagon interact with US military employees, many of whom are in their early 20s and regular users of online services.
Iran’s clerical rulers, who succeeded in suppressing widespread demonstrations last week by blanketing Tehran with security, are escalating a cyber war to combat the increasingly powerful role of the internet in mobilizing their opponents.
Visitors to the website of the main challenger in last June’s disputed presidential election were greeted by an image of the Iranian flag and an AK-47 assault rifle. “Stop being agents for those who are safely in the US and are using you,” they were told.