Keyboard Commandos

Keyboard Commandos

The British Ministry of Defence is escalating cyberspace combat capabilities by assembling a laptop army of computer nerd reservists. “The Cyber Reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyberspace,” said UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. “This is an exciting opportunity for internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.”

The Defence Cyber Operations Group (DCOG) is under the MoD Joint Forces Command (recruitment info here). The UK is thought to lag far behind the USA, Israel, and China in militarizing the digital domain.


“Hammond’s £500m new cyber army: As he reveals top-secret Whitehall bunker for the first time, Defence Secretary says future wars will be fought with viruses,” Simon Walters, Daily Mail

“Britain announces ‘laptop army’ with offensive cyberwar capabilities,” Tim Sampson, The Daily Dot

“UK to create new cyber defence force,” BBC News


“U.S. Cyber Command creates 13 offensive teams to combat hackers,” Kevin Collier, DailyDot


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