Conflict & Justice

US military is training warriors to fight in cyberspace


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee joint hearing on Capitol Hill March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Napolitano testified on 'The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and Our Government: Protecting our National and Economic Security.'


Win McNamee

Cyber warriors have become an increasingly vital part of the US military.

The Associated Press reported that service academies for the US military are increasing its training of computer scientists to counter mounting online security breaches.

Many believe that countries like China have been involved in cybersecurity attacks against US companies.

Even American newspapers have been under attack this year from what they believe were China-based cyber warriors.

The Associated Press Twitter account was hacked Tuesday with hackers writing that the White House was under attack.

The Tweet quickly made stocks plunge until it was uncovered as a hoax.

Burger King, Ebay and NBC have also recently been hacked.

The growing number of attacks have made cyber warrior a more attractive profession for military recruits.

The US Naval Academy in Annapolis Md. and the Air Force Academy both have courses in cybersecurity.

"There's a great deal of interest, much more than we could possibly, initially, entertain," the Naval Academy's superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael Miller told the Associated Press.

The United States and China held high-level meetings this week about the threat of cybersecurity.

China denies that it has been involved in attacks on the US and American companies despite mounting evidence.