MINSK, 12 May (BelTA) - Cyberspace is turning into an independent theater of military operations, State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Aleksandr Volfovich said in an interview to the Russian magazine Natsionalnaya Oborona, BelTA has learned.
“Today we see that cyberspace is turning into an independent theater of military operations. The circle of states, developing cyber forces, whose tasks include preventive offensive operations and intelligence-subversive activities, is expanding,” said Aleksandr Volfovich.
According to him, despite the fact that such battles are unfolding in virtual space, real damage to the critical infrastructure of entire states is being inflicted on a daily basis.
“We cannot but be concerned about the fact that leading countries are developing new spaces for conducting military operations. In particular, NATO has recognized outer space as such operational space. Although the United States has recently declared their refusal to test anti-satellite weapons, this does not mean that Washington has not developed such weapons and put them into service of space forces. In this case the unilateral moratorium can be regarded as a call to other countries that have not completed such tests to stop their own development in this sector,” the state secretary said.