Shoigu Warns Of Inceasing Cyber And Propaganda Attacks Against Russian Army

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Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspects the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, June 2016. Vadim Savitsky/TASS

The information sphere has turned into a new battlefield, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. On March 25 he revealed that during the past year there were over 25,000 sophisticated cyber attacks on the infrastructure of the Russian Armed Forces from abroad. Every year, the number of attacks increases by about 12%, Shoigu added.

The defense minister noted that the military has a reliable protection of information resources, which ensures high stability of the command and control system of the Armed Forces. At the same time, he adressed the concerning situation with Western influence agent inside Russia.

Shoigu recalled that Western countries regularly make high-profile accusations against Moscow, such as interference in the US election, hacker attacks, and concealment of military losses.

“In our country, they (accusations) are picked up by a pro-Western opposition division, regularly trained abroad. Under cover of media laws, its activists try to infiltrate military facilities, hunt for relatives and witnesses. They climb into hospitals where our wounded are, in cemeteries, in commemoration, in the families of our dead guys. They picture entrances and exits of our high-security facilities and put them on the Internet. One can imagine what responsibility they would be brought to in the Western countries.”

The defense minister noted that this situation “requires further legislative regulation.”

Over the past years the activity of Western-funded media and political ‘activists’ has increased drammatically. The network of these activists as well as various pro-Western organizations are beging actively used in attemtps to destabilize the situation in Russia.

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