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New 'Cyber Command' for US Military

By Dan Whitworth
Newsbeat technology reporter

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Plans to create a new branch of the US military, specifically designed to counter the threat of cyber warfare, are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

According to reports in America, it will focus on helping to protect the Pentagon from direct cyber attack and rogue computer networks around the world.

It's likely to be led by a senior officer as the Obama administration tries to counter the growing threat that super hackers pose to military networks.

Just last week there were reports of a security breach of the Pentagon's most expensive programme ever - the £225bn F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft project.

F-35 Joitn Strike Fighter
The US F-35 fighter project was reportedly targeted by hackers

The US is expected to buy over 2,000 of the fighters for its Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps with dozens of allies, including Britain, getting some too.

There are claims the hack originated in China but government officials in Beijing have denied having anything to do with it.

Manufacturer Lockheed-Martin says no classified data was stolen, and the US Defence Department said it didn't comment on "alleged or actual cyber infiltrations, potential impacts to DoD operations, or any possible investigations."

Officials say they don't make comments to make sure attackers don't get hold of any information on a potential success or failure that might help them.



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