Australia's military wants its new cyber warfare unit to attack as well as defend

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A cyber warfare unit with up to 900 people is being set up by the Australian Defence Force.

The team will launch within days and will be a central part of Australia’s defence operations, according to a report by the ABC.

“It will be tasked with defending Australian military targets from cyber attacks and preparing to launch its own assaults on foreign forces,” the report says.

The new unit will be a mixture of defence personnel and public servants.

Part of its brief will be to go on the attack, rather than just protect from incoming electronic assaults.

The big players — the US, Russia and China — have all built their cyber warfare expertise.

This week a massive cyberattack spread around the world with companies telling employees to go home as their machines are hit by malicious software.

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