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China mobilizes militias for cyberwarfare

TOKYO, Aug. 21 — The Chinese military has enlisted civilians as militias and used them to launch cyberattacks and engage in aggressive maritime activities, according to a People's Liberation Army document seen Tuesday.

The document has, unusually, shed light on the so-far unreported activities of China's militias, which, according to Chinese media, total around 8 million people across the country.

The document shows that Chinese militias could have been involved in cyberattacks that have struck Japanese government agencies and business corporations in recent years and caused havoc to their websites. (PNA/Kyodo)

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