Prelude to Conflict: Danish Military Intelligence Service To Develop Hackers

In what can be viewed a positive indicator for a NATO-Russian conflict, the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (DDIS) is set to open a “hacker academy” to begin developing their first generation of state-sponsored computer network attack and defense specialists pooled from the Danish hacker community.

Beginning in August, the DDIS will enroll hackers into the school, where candidates can gain employment in the Danish intelligence service if they graduate after the four-and-a-half-month long curriculum.

[Analyst Comment: In recent months, NATO countries have quietly begun improving their counterintelligence and cyber attack/defense capabilities by setting up schools and centers of excellence to train personnel who are more and more likely to be using their skills against Russian adversaries.  We’ve seen an increase in rhetoric from NATO countries, whose leaders are explicitly concerned about future Russian incursions into Europe.  Simply put, Russian rhetoric signals that its operations in Europe are far from over and NATO countries, in return, are preparing for war.

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Last year, we reported on NATO’s first counterintelligence training center.  We also produced a report last week on U.S. military readiness, which was startling, even to us.]

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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