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EU to form united front to battle Chinese and Russian cyberthreats

Joint unit planned for 2022 to plug holes in Europe's digital defenses

The cybersecurity center at Telekom Security, a unit of Deutsche Telekom: European Union members typically respond to cyberthreats individually, rather than as a bloc.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS -- Mounting digital security threats from China, Russia and elsewhere have driven the European Union to devise a Joint Cyber Unit, intended for launch by 2022, to coordinate a response to attacks anywhere in the bloc.

EU members currently respond to cyberthreats individually, barring small-scale partnerships in areas such as protecting 5G infrastructure. But with attacks growing in both frequency and sophistication, the bloc aims to bolster cybersecurity -- including in its most vulnerable members.

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