A year after its debut, the new U.S. cyber strategy of persistent engagement has been noted but apparently misunderstood by the Chinese government. This misunderstanding carries implications for both the bilateral U.S.-China relationship and U.S. cyber strategy writ large.
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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.
The U.S. and its allies have embraced a deterrence-based approach combined with a high degree of ambiguity regarding questions of law and policy in cyberspace. But this ambiguity undermines attempts to develop clear binding norms for state conduct in cyberspace.
The U.S. may have to operate in allied networks to adequately check its adversaries. Allies may not be so keen.
It’s not clear whether criminal charges against hackers deter foreign adversaries, but they are still valuable.