Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power

Книга Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power 2019-08-05

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Author: Tim Maurer

Year: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: PDF
Pages: 268
Language: English
ISBN: 1107127602
ISBN: 110756686X

Cyber Mercenaries explores the secretive relationships between states and hackers. As cyberspace has emerged as the new frontier for geopolitics, states have become entrepreneurial in their sponsorship, deployment, and exploitation of hackers as proxies to project power. Such modern-day mercenaries and privateers can impose significant harm undermining global security, stability, and human rights. These state-hacker relationships therefore raise important questions about the control, authority, and use of offensive cyber capabilities.

While different countries pursue different models for their proxy relationships, they face the common challenge of balancing the benefits of these relationships with their costs and the potential risks of escalation. This book examines case studies in the United States, Iran, Syria, Russia, and China for the purpose of establishing a framework to better understand and manage the impact and risks of cyber proxies on global politics.