JRL NEWSWATCH: “No, it wasn’t some hacker on a bed someplace; The Russia case opens a window on state-driven cyberconflict” – Washington Post Editorial

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“… Mueller’s charges against 12 officers of … Russian military intelligence … the GRU … identify[] the two units – No. 26165 … at 20 Komsomolsky Prospekt, Moscow, and No. 74455 … at 22 Kirova St., in Khimki, outside of Moscow – that carried out the attacks …. a dozen officers working to penetrate and disrupt the Democrats … emptying out their emails and computer data and then leaking it. … us[ing] relatively well-known methods such as spear-phishing to steal credentials, anonymous servers to spirit away the data and cryptocurrency to hide the money trail. … there has been much speculation that Russia’s spy services were hiring hackers or criminal elements to do their dirty work, and they probably are. But this case shows that the Russian state cyber-operators are not just boys from Tomsk. … China, too, is a major state actor in cyberconflict … steal[ing] intellectual property from U.S. companies …. Cyberconflict is coming to the forefront of competition and coercion among states ….”

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