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Major Cyber Intrusion Rocks U.S. Government

December 18, 2020

Episode Notes:

U.S. officials and private cybersecurity companies this week disclosed a major cyber hacking campaign by the Russian government. According to reports, Russian intelligence breached computer networks within the U.S. departments of Defense, State, Treasury, Homeland Security, and Commerce. The hackers gained entry by corrupting updates of network management software by SolarWinds, a U.S. company, but they may have used other points of entry as well. The intrusion is one of the most significant cyber hacks in years, although the exact damage to U.S. interests is difficult to quantify.

Ben Buchanan — professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the author of The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics — joins the WarCast to discuss the cyber intrusion, whether or not it constitutes an act of war or something different, and what we should expect to learn in the coming days and weeks.


[ 01:11 ] Scale of the intrusion

[ 02:19 ] Attribution to Russian intelligence

[ 03:29 ] Spying or something more?

[ 04:43 ] What we still don’t know

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