The Trickbot takedown and such military operations are a good idea only in cases that meet a five-part test of imminence, severity, overseas focus, nation-state adversary, and military as a last-ish resort.
Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar and adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association. He edited the first history of conflict in cyberspace, "A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012" and has held cyber positions at the White House, Goldman Sachs, and the U.S. Air Force.
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