German Troops Face Russian ‘Hybrid War’ in Lithuania: Merkel
Germany is increasing its military cyber capabilities, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel, in response to Russian cyber attacks against its troops in Lithuania, NATO’s eastern flank. “Hybrid warfare is not something that we are very used to. You clearly experience this here in very specific wakes…it’s not for nothing that we built in Germany a special cyber unit within the German military in order to build capabilities in this area,” Merkel has said in addresses to troops. 500 German troops are deployed to Lithuania as part of the NATO mission of ally reassurance and Russian deterrence. Russian activity has reportedly included the spreading of false rape accusations among soldiers and the targeting of soldiers’ media devices.