On 2 March 2013, I wrote that Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister, has called for their army to create a “cyber command” by the end of 2013, at Russia to Create CyberCommand. The original source was Russia Beyond The Headlines, which is not an official source. Additionally, the wording in the article is very precise, the Russian Cyber Command was formed to defend from attacks.
That Russia has offensive cyber attacks unit there is no doubt, but like the existence of the NSA was for decades, it is probably classified and denied. Hence, this report.
Amid a growing scandal in the United States over Russian attempts to interfere in the 8 November presidential election, Moscow has denied the existence of both its ‘cyber corps’ or the assertion that any Russian government entity engages in attacks on foreign computer systems.
Statements to this effect were made to Russian news outlets on 10 January despite the recent release of detailed information on Moscow’s growing activities in this increasingly controversial area of warfare.
Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister for communications, said his department was not involved in any financing of cyber warfare and knew of no such agency.