Not Just China: Russian Government Mobilizing a Cyber-Militia

Darkness Botnet and Russian Politics.

A fascinating look into the organized – and likely government-supported – world of Russian Hacking. Apart from the fact that it was a surprise to read an article on cybersecurity that didn’t even mention China, it provides a glimpse at how Putin seems to be building his own cyber militia. While that capability is aimed internally in this story, how hard would it be for the Russian government to switch targets to overseas servers?

Probably not very.

As tempting as it is to make China the world’s cyber-boogeyman, as this NPR article does, security experts like Jeffrey Carr take a more balanced view. Hacking and cyberwar is a global problem with multiple sources. We should not dismiss the role China plays, but we should not allow focus to shift totally onto China. Doing so only gives comfort to hackers in other countries while making us look both weak and blind to other sources of serious threats.

Chris Stiles

I agree. Mark Bowden, author of Blackhawk Down, describes the global elements in his recent book “Worm: The First Digital World War”. It’s a good read and a real eye opener if you haven’t been following the topic closely.