Archive for the ‘Ministry of Defence’ Category

British Troops Forced to “Make Do” Killed in Afghanistan by Taliban

November 15, 2008

Capt David Hicks, who was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, told his girlfriend Nicola Billen that his men were “sitting ducks” at their makeshift base just days before he was killed in an attack.

In letters to Miss Billen, seen by The Daily Telegraph, he repeatedly spoke of his “frustration” that requests for equipment went unheard.

On several occasions he had asked for a doctor for be sent to the remote outpost called Inkerman base because they were being attacked twice a day by the Taliban.

But it was not until the officer was killed while leading the counterattack against the enemy on Aug 11 last year that a doctor was permanently stationed at the base.

By Thomas Harding
Defence Correspondent
The Telegraph, London

The coroner at Capt Hick’s inquest earlier this week criticised the Ministry of Defence for forcing troops to “make do” on the front line after the court also heard that the sand-bagged fortifications were poor.

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China repeats denial of military hacking

September 6, 2007

BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese official on Thursday repeated China‘s denial that it has hacked into other countries’ government and military computer networks.

Reports in British and German newspapers this summer have cited unidentified intelligence and other officials saying government and military networks in Germany, the United States and Britain had been broken into by hackers backed by the Chinese army.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the government “has all along been opposed to and forbidden any cyber crimes.”

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Cyber officials: Chinese hackers attack ‘anything and everything’

China denies hacking Pentagon

Chinese hackers targeted British government too – report

Chinese hackers targeted British government too – report

September 5, 2007

London – Chinese computer specialists, some thought to be from the military, have been attacking computer networks of British government departments, the Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday.The report follows allegations that China’s military hacked into a computer network of the Pentagon in Washington, a charge rejected as “groundless” by the government in Beijing.

According to the Guardian, hackers, some believed to be from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, hit the network at the Foreign Office in London as well as those in other key government departments.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) to say whether it had been hit, added the Guardian. It recalled an incident last year that shut down part of the House of Commons (parliament) computer system. After it was initially believed that an individual was responsible, it was later discovered to be the work of an organized Chinese hacking group, officials told the newspaper.

While security and defence officials are “coy” about what they knew of specific attacks, one expert described it as a “constant ongoing problem.”

China denies hacking Pentagon