Defenders of cyberspace

Questions were raised by the creation of a command to fight cyber attacks by the US – and more were raised by its sudden suspensionWhen Russia was accused of a cyber attack on Estonia last year, the White House took notice. George W Bush voiced a concern that the US was vulnerable to similar warfare. And when some in the military raised suspicion that Chinese cyberspies had already penetrated unclassified Pentagon computers, the decision was made to start a command to fight for America’s supremacy online.The $2bn (£1.1bn) project, which was started under the wing of the air force, was due to become fully operational later this year. Ominous adverts about hack attacks on the Pentagon were commissioned to recruit more people. And then, last month, it was suspended. No reason was given.

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