In Russia created the troops information operations. This was stated by Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the “Government hour” at the plenary meeting the state Duma.
“During this time created the troops information operations, which is much stronger and more effective… of management, which was called counter-propaganda” — leads TASS words Shoigu. He said that “propaganda must be smart, competent and efficient.”
In details the Minister did not elaborate. However, this is the first direct confirmation from the Ministry of defence of the fact that in Russia there information army.
Talk of cyber units in the Russian power structures have been conducted for several years. In March 2012, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin spoke about the necessity of creating a cyber command in the Russian armed forces. Structure, according to him, has to deal with information security of the army and the infrastructure of the state as a whole.
In 2013, the Ministry of defense created a scientific company, which caters to military specialists in the field of information technology. They have already begun to call “cybervictim” — but unofficially.
About the need to “effectively fend off threats in the information space” in the same year, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
“In modern armed conflict the growing importance of information technologies. Information attacks are already used for tasks of military-political character… we Need to be ready to respond effectively to threats in the information space” – said Putin.
According to unofficial data Zecurion Russia may be the fifth largest cyberarmies. In the domestic cybermouse claims to serve about a thousand hackers, which allocated $300 million a year.