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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom head Alexei Miller at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. February 16, 2018 (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via Associated Press). Keywords: Vladimir Putin

Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Four Steps to Fight Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

| Feb. 14, 2018

Election systems differ from state to state and precinct to precinct, but many still have security vulnerabilities that foreign actors — not just the Russians — can exploit. The U.S. government must act to improve security and assure Americans that their votes count.

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Journal Article - Journal of Conflict Resolution

Invisible Digital Front

| Nov. 10, 2017

Recent years have seen growing concern over the use of cyber attacks in wartime, but little evidence that these new tools of coercion can change battlefield events. We present the first quantitative analysis of the relationship between cyber activities and physical violence during war. Using new event data from the armed conflict in Ukraine—and additional data from Syria’s civil war—we analyze the dynamics of cyber attacks and find that such activities have had little or no impact on fighting.

Analysis & Opinions - Russia Matters

Hacking Power Grids: New Tactic of War or Wave of the Future?

| Nov. 03, 2017

According to U.S. cybersecurity company Symantec, a hacking campaign dubbed Dragonfly 2.0 successfully infiltrated U.S. power plants over the past two years. The latest spate of incidents has been particularly alarming because the hackers appear to have accessed control systems at a handful of U.S. facilities. Symantec’s report speculates about the hack’s “potential for sabotage” and “disruptive purposes,” but doesn’t identify the hackers’ origins, saying only that they are “clearly an accomplished attack group.” Other researchers believe the culprits are linked to the Russian government, dovetailing with Ukraine’s allegations that Moscow was behind hacks against its power grids in 2015 and again in 2016.

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Russia’s election meddling backfired — big-time

| Aug. 17, 2017

Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended consequences for Moscow.