Old Tactics, New Tools: A Review of Russia's Soft Cyber Influence Operations   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Committee on Science, Space & Technology recently held a hearing on the potential security threat posed by the use of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab computer security products, particularly its well-known antivirus software. The Committee will hold its second hearing on this topic on November 14, 2017. There is bipartisan agreement that the use of Kaspersky Lab products poses a risk that federal agencies should not take. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Binding Operational Directive (BDO) on September 13, 2017 that gave federal entities 90-days to initiate a plan to remove Kaspersky software from their computer networks. [...] This report examines Soviet-era propaganda tactics and information warfare strategy that are being used by Russia today. It details how Russian military strategists have foreshadowed the use of information as a weapon for decades, highlighting how information could be used to undermine democratic institutions. The methods these analysts laid out appear to coincide with actual actions the Russian intelligence services engaged in during the 2016 US Presidential Election and in other soft cyber attacks they have waged against other democratic nations. This report also examines new efforts to identify and confront these evolving and expanding threats."

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