NATO to increase cyber weaponry to combat Russia reports: “NATO members agreed Wednesday to increase the use of cyber weaponry and tactics during military operations, with the alliance also upgrading other capabilities to combat a resurgent Russia.

The changes are part of the alliance’s biggest shakeup since the Cold War, with defence ministers backing the creation of two new command centres to help protect Europe.

The revamp reflects the ‘changed security environment’ of recent years, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said at a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels.

The threat to the alliance’s eastern flank has grown as a concern after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

‘We are now integrating cyber effects into NATO missions and operations to respond to a changed and new security environment where cyber is part of the threat picture we have to respond to,’ Stoltenberg said.

‘In any military conflict cyber will be an integral part and therefore we need to strengthen our cyber defences and our cyber capabilities,’ he added, noting that such tactics have been effective in the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria…”

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