Stealth Wars: US-Russian Cyber Wars and the Future of International Security

Russian and Eurasian Politics

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by Gordon M. Hahn

It increasingly appears that we have an unraveling of the hasty view put forward by the waning Washington consensus in media, academia and pre-Trump government circles regarding the exceptionalism of Russian cyber warfare and its alleged hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hilllary Clinton’s and John Podesta’s email servers. First, the U.S. intelligence reports on these alleged Russian hacking attacks are weak. Second, those attacks could just as easily have been undertaken by an entity or entities other than the Russian intelligence services or even Russians in general. There are several candidates for that role. Third, any Russian role may have been in response to U.S. intelligence’s hacking of Russian state bodies. Fourth, we can conclude that a U.S.-Russian cyberwar has broken out, necessitating negotiations and an agreement on limiting cyberwar means, which will play a palliative role in the U.S.-Russian competition of the…

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