New Dutch ‘cyber’ intelligence unit starts work




The Dutch Sigint Joint Cyber ​​Unit is Thursday launched. The partnership of the two services will focus on the digital domain, and there gather intelligence, carry out attacks and fighting cybercrime.

The Joint Cyber ​​Unit Sigint or JSCU is engaged in Signals Intelligence ie collecting information from communication channels; In addition, the unit focuses on an area that the AIVD, the collective name ‘Cyber’ data and that includes a variety of activities in the area of computer networks and data streams.

In practice this will mean that the JSCU engages in hacking, data analysis, including the use of malware and interception of digital data as needed to protect against cyber attacks and disable enemy military targets. The existing intelligence, GISS and DISS military service, were in need of support in these areas, as can be read in the agreement that defines the responsibilities of the unit.

“Because of the technical developments in the field of Cyber ​​Sigint and go fast, pooling of knowledge and resources within the JSCU not only desirable, but necessary,” says the AIVD. The intelligence unit does not operate independently but remains part of the two services, as well as the CTIVD will oversee the functioning and the proper observance of the Law on the Intelligence and Security. From earlier reports showed that there were about 350 people at the unit start working. It would also invested heavily in new equipment which large amounts of data can be collected and analyzed. This is done in the run-up to include an amendment that unfocused interception of Internet traffic permit.


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