Report: Pentagon to boost cyber-security force fivefold

By REUTERS
January 28, 2013 06:57

 
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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has approved is a major expansion of its cyber-security force to counter a growing threat of hacking and to conduct offensive operations against foreign foes, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing US officials.

The officials, who were not named because the plan is not yet public, said the move would increase the cyber-security force fivefold, from 900 personnel to a total of 4,900 troops and civilians.

It said senior Pentagon officials made the decision late last year amid a string of attacks, including one that wiped out more than 30,000 computers at a Saudi Arabian state oil company.

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