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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Schneier on SolarWinds

A considerable piece, with much supporting general and technical information and links, on the SolarWinds attack.  Also includes many comments I am working my way through. 

Russia’s SolarWinds Attack  by Bruce Schneier

Recent news articles have all been talking about the massive Russian cyberattack against the United States, but that’s wrong on two accounts. It wasn’t a cyberattack in international relations terms, it was espionage. And the victim wasn’t just the US, it was the entire world. But it was massive, and it is dangerous.

Espionage is internationally allowed in peacetime. The problem is that both espionage and cyberattacks require the same computer and network intrusions, and the difference is only a few keystrokes. And since this Russian operation isn’t at all targeted, the entire world is at risk — and not just from Russia. Many countries carry out these sorts of operations, none more extensively than the US. The solution is to prioritize security and defense over espionage and attack. ...... " 

Formerly in the Guardian. 

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