Alongside concerns about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, another concern has started to mature: the question of Russian exploitation of the American and international legal systems.
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The New York Times’s report that the U.S. has deployed code inside Russia’s grid casts doubt on the premise that a demonstration of an offensive cyber capability will destroy its future value as an operational asset.
U.S. Cyber Command and the Russian Grid: Proportional Countermeasures, Statutory Authorities and Presidential Notification
A blockbuster article by David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth in the New York Times reports U.S. Cyber Command operations to hold at-risk at least some aspects of the electric power grid in Russia. The story raises a host of legal and policy questions.
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