The “Online Blue Army” is based on the Peoples Liberation Army, PLA needs and enforcing the ability of Internet security protection is an important issue in its military training programs, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said.
Gengs comments came in response to questions if the “Online Blue Army” is Chinas Internet squad aimed at carrying out attacks on other countries Internet systems, state run Peoples Daily reported. Geng said his country will not carry out cyber wars.
The PLA Daily had reported PLAs Guangzhou command had invested tens of millions of yuan in building the specialized Internet squad.
The Daily said internationally, online military units have long been established. The United States destroyed Iraq’s air defence system using PC viruses during the Gulf War in 1991. Thereafter, the online army of the United States also played major roles in the wars in Kosovo and Iraq.
In addition to the United States, UK, Russia, Japan and India have established their online military units, Peoples Daily report said.
Li Li, a military expert at the National Defence University, said that compared with online military units of Western countries, China’s “Online Blue Army” is currently at its fledging period, and is more like an online manoeuvre mode than an organic, large-scale online army.
Zhang Shaozhong, a military expert and a professor from the PLA National Defence University, pointed out that though China’s dependence on the Internet is increasing, the root servers are not based in China.
In addition, various types of Internet hardware in China are made in the United States, including many types of software.
In this sense, China is only a computer “user,” and China’s Internet security is very fragile, he said.
“Just like the army and air forces, the ‘online blue army’ is a historical necessity. The reason is very simple.
“We must adapt to the new types of warfare in the information era. The ‘online blue army’ is of great strategic significance to China’s economic development and social stability,” Teng Jianqun, a research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, said.