Cold Cyber War? The US and Russia are talking tough, but only diplomacy can mitigate the threat
In recent years tensions between Russia and the US have increased – not in conventional military terms, but in cyberspace. The issue came to a head at this month’s summit in Geneva when US President Joe Biden threatened reprisals for allegedly Russian-backed cyberattacks on US targets.
This confrontation first caught global attention in 2016 when the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reported that Russia directly influenced the outcome of the presidential election and favored Republican candidate Donald Trump by receiving 60,000 emails from Democratic candidate Hillary’s private account Clinton’s campaign director was hacked and leaked.
Then, in 2020, a major cyber attack on IT company SolarWinds compromised the security of a large number of …