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Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Media Articles

25th June 2018 – FDD Research

Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Boris Zilberman

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is that of U.S. Army troops wading ashore onto Omaha Beach from their landing craft on June 6, 1944 under Nazi machine gun fire to create a beachhead for the Allies. The beachheads of the future, however, are being established today in cyber space. more...

15th June 2018 – The Hill

Trump must still hold North Korea accountable for cyberattacks

Trevor Logan, Mathew Ha

Following the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore earlier this week, Kim Jong Un has temporarily halted ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing in exchange for President Trump pausing its maximum pressure campaign. Meanwhile, Pyongyang’s cyberattacks against South Korea have intensified. In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD research associates Trevor Logan and Mathew Ha point out how this is just one example that exposes Kim’s “two-faced diplomacy.” more...

12th June 2018 – Fortune Magazine

How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced an agreement to resolve a dispute with Chinese telecom company ZTE, which had violated U.S. sanctions by supplying sensitive technology to Iran. Rather than face a crippling ban on purchasing equipment from U.S. companies, ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion in fines—an unprecedented penalty from Commerce—and place $400 million in escrow to pay for any future fines the company might incur. more...

12th June 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Kremlin Disinformation Effort Is More Than Just Facebook

John Cappello

Russia’s disinformation campaign isn’t just a marketing problem for Facebook or a series of nuisance bots on Twitter. It’s a concerted effort to not just disrupt Western liberal institutions, but to actually manipulate narratives that affect foreign policy decision-making. more...

25th May 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Elimination of NSC Cybersecurity Post Weakens Interagency Coordination

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council (NSC) staff. This decision comes at a time when cyber threats are expanding and the federal government needs the interagency process to help coordinate the implementation of new cyber strategies. more...

16th May 2018 – Fifth Domain

The US must secure its supply chain in the face of anti-satellite weapons

Trevor Logan

At the 34th National Space Symposium in April, U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the service is taking steps to secure its satellite networks by working with allied forces, commercial satellite owners and international organizations to share satellites currently in orbit. more...

15th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Increasing U.S.-Ukraine Cyber Cooperation is a Step in the Right Direction

Boris Zilberman, Trevor Logan

In early May, the State Department announced a doubling to $10 million of U.S. assistance to Ukraine for the strengthening of its cyber defenses. The increased funding is an important signal that the U.S. stands with Kyiv as it faces a sustained and evolving cyber threat from Russia, yet addressing the ceaseless barrage of cyber attacks from Moscow will take more than the added funding. more...

19th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S., UK Act to Block Chinese Technology Threat

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

This week, the U.S. and UK governments took steps to combat key national security threats posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department banned all U.S. sales to ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company that violated export controls. more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Cyber Capabilities Expanded throughout Nuclear Talks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments took combined action Friday to designate and indict the Iranian firm Mabna Institute, as well as nine of its contractors responsible for “a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions.” Between 2013 and 2017, these entities hacked hundreds of universities, private companies, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world. The four-year campaign to steal billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property attests to Iran’s evolving cyber capabilities. more...

21st March 2018 – Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project and the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab, and author of Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences – is the 132nd in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” more...

14th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Abused Western Dual-Use Technology to Inject Spyware

Aykan Erdemir, Trevor Logan

Turkey’s leading internet service provider, Turk Telekom, in which the Turkish government owns a minority golden share, has been reportedly using web-filtering technology to install spyware on customers’ computers – an allegation the company denies. The Citizen Lab, an award-winning digital freedom watchdog at the University of Toronto, announced on March 9 that Turkish internet users who sought to download popular programs, including Skype and Avast Antivirus, were being redirected surreptitiously to versions of those applications bundled with spyware. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korean Hackers Target Cryptocurrency Exchange as Part of Larger Economic Warfare Strategy

Mathew Ha, Trevor Logan

Yapizon, which operates the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit, announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all trading activity and file for bankruptcy following a North Korean cyber attack. Youbit acknowledged that the breach resulted in the theft of 17 percent of the exchange’s total digital assets, consisting of 7.6 billion won, or $7 million worth of cryptocurrencies. more...

18th December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

House Bill Elevates Civilian Cybersecurity Agency

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

The House passed the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency Act last week in order to establish a primary agency responsible for leading the coordination of cyber security information-sharing efforts between federal, non-federal, and private sector stakeholders. more...

16th August 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Expelling Digital Demons from U.S. Sensitive Supply Chains

Samantha F. Ravich

The open manner with which U.S. national security enterprises bid for goods and services can be exploited by U.S. adversaries seeking to inject counterfeit or malicious components into sensitive electronic hardware. more...

14th August 2017 – The Hill

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

Using blockchain technology, Russia may have just taken a massive leap forward in cryptography that needs more attention. more...

11th July 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Protect the National Security Industrial Base

Samantha F. Ravich

Cyber-enabled economic warfare is not limited to the use of digital networks for surveillance, theft, and sabotage. An emerging national security challenge related to the globalization of manufacturing supply chains is the phenomenon of attacks in which substandard, counterfeit, or maliciously-modified electronic components are introduced into the hardware on which the national security industrial base (the “NSIB”) operates. more...

12th June 2017 – Fifth Domain

The growing North Korean cyber threat

Samantha F. Ravich

North Korea terrorized a U.S. company, attempted a major cyber bank heist, launched its ransomware across the world, and is now implicated in a cyberattack against the very UN panel charged with investigating the Kim regime’s attempts to evade nuclear sanctions levied by the world body. more...

23rd February 2017 – FDD Research

Framework and Terminology for Understanding Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Samantha F. Ravich , Annie Fixler

The world is witnessing a new kind of war, fought not with bullets but with banknotes and bytes. Although the use of economic aggression against an adversary traces nearly as far back as the creation of economic systems – economic success can breed economic competition which in turn can become intertwined with adversarial relations – over time, economic warfare tactics have evolved. more...

6th February 2017 – FDD Press

Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

American economic power has become an increasingly critical national security tool in recent years. For well over a decade, the United States has leveraged the size of its economy, the centrality of the dollar, and America’s ability to set economic and financial global standards and norms to drive its national security goals. more...

10th January 2017 – The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

Clifford D. May

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that. more...

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