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S. Korea to double personnel at cyber warfare unit against N. Korea

All Headlines 20:02 April 19, 2011

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- The military plans to double the number of personnel at its cyber warfare unit to beef up its readiness against hacking threats from North Korea, a defense ministry official said Tuesday.

The plan to increase the number to 1,000 will be announced later this week along with a decision to run the Cyber Warfare Command directly under the defense ministry, the official said.

"North Korea is raising the number of specialized hackers and strengthening its cyber warfare capabilities," the official said. "We will increase our own experts and develop techniques to respond aggressively to cyber threats from the North."

The official said it remains undecided whether the South Korean cyber unit will be overseen by an officer higher in rank than a brigadier general.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said last month that he would reinforce manpower and capability of the Cyber Warfare Command as part of a long-term defense procurement plan.

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