Cyber warfare unit set to be launched by Australian Defence Forces

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Exclusive by political reporter Ashlynne McGhee

Australia’s military is undergoing a major transformation, with the launch of a new information warfare unit.

The ABC has learned the team will launch within days and will be a central part of Australia’s defence operations.

It will be tasked with defending Australian military targets from cyber attacks and preparing to launch its own assaults on foreign forces.

Professor Greg Austin from the University of New South Wales described it as one of the biggest shifts in defence strategy.

“The main angle of cyber war is to prevent the enemy’s armed forces from reaching the start line of battle,” he said.

“The aim is to stop their ships being able to sail, stop their jet aircraft from being able to drop bombs and to stop their submarines dead in the water.”

One hundred personnel will be tasked to the unit, growing to 900 within…

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