cyber warfare

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building following a cyberattack that affected dozens of countries in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2017. 
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Can State’s New Cyber Bureau Hack It?

The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it's hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate.

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In Cyberwar, There are No Rules

Why the world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions.

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A Million Mistakes a Second 

Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly. 

An employee walks behind a glass wall with coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow on October 17, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Just Threw Out America’s Rules for Cyberweapons

U.S. cyberstrategy needs updating, but this isn’t the way to do it.

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Size Doesn’t Matter for Spies Anymore

In the era of cyber-espionage, even the smallest countries can play on the biggest stage.

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Quote of the Day 

How the military misapprehends cyberspace — and how that in turn undercuts cyber deterrence.

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Does Kaspersky Have Something to Hide?

The Russian security giant faces scrutiny worldwide. Is there fire beneath the smoke?

Pro-Russian militiants attack a branch of Ukrainian bank Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 28, 2014. Some 300 masked pro-Russian militants wielding baseball bats attacked a branch of the bank owned by an oligarch regional governor who has voiced criticism of Moscow. The gang attacked the Donetsk office of the powerful Private banking and metal industry holding belonging to Igor Kolomoisky, a billionaire who is also governor of the nearby region of Dnipropetrovsk. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY        (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters

Russia and other states have taken to hiring street gangs and thugs to do the sort of dirty work that even spies don't want to touch.

A computer running a Windows Server is seen connected into a network server in an office building in Washington, DC on May 13, 2017. 
International investigators hunted on May 13 for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout. The assault, which began Friday and was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack, struck state agencies and major companies around the world -- from Russian banks and British hospitals to FedEx and European car factories. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Is Not Ready for a Cyber-Pearl Harbor

The weekend’s massive “ransomware” attack exposed the glaring vulnerabilities in our cybersecurity readiness.

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session at the "Moscow" sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin’s Masterstroke of Nonretaliation

In refusing to expel U.S. diplomats in response to President Obama’s sanctions, the Russian leader pulled another fast one on the White House.

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If Putin is hacking American elections, what other mischief might he be funding?

How does one raise the logical question of Russian meddling without giving offense?

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Fear This Man

To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire.

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Cyberoffense, Deterrence, and the Dawn of a New Era of War

Do our leaders know enough about code and IT to develop sufficient cyberpolicy? Listen to David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger explore the modern challenges facing cybersecurity.

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What @Snowden Told Me About the NSA’s Cyberweapons

From MonsterMind to TreasureMap, we’ve only just scratched the surface of the United States’ hyper-clandestine offensive capabilities.

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‘The End of Big’: Evidence that the trends apply to our big armed forces as well

If you are looking for books on how institutions and organizations respond societal and technological shifts, I think Nicco Mele’s book The End of Big provides a good overview for how these trends are shaping 21st Century organizations.

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We need a cyber corps as a 5th service

At U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade last week, newly appointed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that a new, independent branch is “one of the futures cyber might have.” He is right.

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Expert tips: How to follow cybersecurity

For those who are interested in keeping up-to-date on various goings-on in the cybersecurity realm, here’s a non-exhaustive list of interesting resources.

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