How Will Emerging Cyber Threats Change the Way We Think About Conflict?

Hackers take part in a test at the Cybersecurity Conference in Lille, France, Jan. 25, 2017 (AP photo by Michel Spingler).
Hackers take part in a test at the Cybersecurity Conference in Lille, France, Jan. 25, 2017 (AP photo by Michel Spingler).
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It’s now well understood that many governments see their cyber capabilities as a tool to influence, coerce, deter and disrupt their enemies and rivals. Societies and states today are almost totally dependent on cyberspace to communicate, conduct routine but essential transactions, store information and make critical decisions about policy matters, from the mundane to the strategic. Yet it’s hard for people without deep technical understanding of the technology—your columnist included—to know where to fit these cyber realities into familiar categories for the conduct of national security and international relations. There’s also a risk of discussing openly how to respond to […]

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