Cyber Operations can be used in many strategic contexts, yet because they rely on secret exploitation they are invariably subject to the trilemma. Consequently, cyber operations tend to become less effective—and thus less attractive options—the more important and urgent the strategic goals are that an actor pursues.
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Offensive operations will continue apace in the foreseeable future—conducted by the United States, its allies and its adversaries. The choice is whether and how to engage in them responsibly and minimize cost to societies.
A quick guide to the news of a major cyber intrusion by the Russian government.
The indictment details a series of Russian cyberattacks between November 2015 through October 2019, which used highly destructive malware to cause electrical blackouts and disrupt business and government operations in several countries.
The New York Times reported on June 15 that “the United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin.” In particular, the Times reported that the United States has deployed code “inside Russia’s grid and other targets”—that is, “potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, ...
Was Iran’s cyberattack that bricked vast numbers of Saudi Aramco computers justified by a similar attack on the National Iranian Oil Company a few months’ earlier? Does NSA have the ability to “replay” and attribute North Korean attacks on companies like Sony? And how do the last six NSA directors stack up against each other?
This morning, Admiral Michael Rogers, the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, spoke at the Atlantic Council on his strategic priorities for 2016. Rogers discussed how cybersecurity and defense fits into the U.S.'s national security strategy, how to deter cyber attacks, and what the future of cyber conflict and cyber power will look like.
You can watch the full event below:
In his speech yesterday in Seattle, China President Xi Jinping said: