Why Do Governments Reveal Cyber Intrusions?


I am glad to share a new piece I wrote for The Lawfare Institute that discusses the available strategies for countries that suffered cyberattacks or intrusions.

I argue that there are at least four strategies available to affected countries: full concealment; partial concealment; publicizing the attack without attribution; publicizing the attack with public attribution.

State, its leaders, as well as its international relations may be impacted by any of these options.

Thus, it’s necessary to examine in detail the calculations that may influence decision-makers to choose each of these strategies, the possible factors that contributed to the choice, and the implications of the final decision. 

I use the Russian-related Ghostwriter hacking group’s attempt to hack German politicians before the recent elections as an illustration.

Here is the link to the full article – https://lnkd.in/dQxchJxv

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