The New York Times has a report today that is a comprehensive look at Russian disinformation campaigns. It begins:
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As I mentioned earlier, this past week I was privileged to attend a conference on the State of the Field in the study of Cyber Conflict sponsored by the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and the Cyber-Conflict Studies Association.
Fred Kaplan joined me this week at the Hoover Book Soiree for a terrific discussion of his new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War:
In 2003 the Cyber-Conflict Studies Association was founded to foster the academic study of a new discipline -- conflict in the cyber domain. At the time they were more in the nature of Cassandra's trying to alert the world to a coming danger. Today, no one doubts the danger -- indeed it may well have reached the point where the fear of cyber conflict is over-hyped. But the flood of voices creates the danger of drowning out in volume more measured, rigorous study of the issue.
Nothing is completely secure -- not even the secure communications link between the Israeli Defense Force and its drones. As Small Wars Journal reports:
The cyber domain covers the entire globe. Given its breadth the challenge in finding universal norms of behavior is great -- it requires cross-cultural and cross-geographic agreement amongst people with very disparate views on ... well, just about everything. But the challenge doesn't stop folks from trying.
A couple of weeks ago, I thought it worth calling to reader's attention the threat assessment done by the Norwegian Police Security Service (more or less Norway's MI-5). Today, we have news from the Norwegian intelligence branch with their own assessment.
Today's Washington Post contains an article by David Ignatius that reports on the DoD's "third offset" strategy.
Just in time for the New Year, we have this report from SANS about the possible Russian attack on the electric power grid in Ukraine which caused a black out.
Editor’s Note: Cyber attacks and the appropriate response are new territories in national security. On the one hand, most attacks do little damage, and their perpetrators are often unclear. On the other hand, the potential risk is growing, and no one wants to wait until it is too late to draw a line.