To me, the SolarWinds hack is remarkable because it (momentarily) managed to upend one kind of strategy with the other. A broader strategic calculus is palpable from the operational choices made in this intrusion — from the Concept of Operations which underpins it.Continue reading “(Telemetry & toolchains) vs. tradecraft: The SolarWinds hack from a strategic lens”
Ciaran Martin was the founder of the UK’s National Cyber Security Center and the former head of cyber operations at GCHQ. He gave a thought-provoking speech busting many myths around cyber power and cyber operations (text and video ).
I try to deconstruct it in 18 tweets. Click on the tweet to follow the thread:
1. Deconstructing @ciaranmartinoxf‘s speech from a cyber policy perspective in 18 tweets. Here, he alludes to the technical ambiguity which plagues policy work, i.e. reliance on effects-based frameworks. Operators only control effects to a certain degree for complex intrusions pic.twitter.com/HHUyIo07uI
— Pukhraj Singh (@RungRage) November 12, 2020
Go through the Russian doctrinal thought on information sovereignty, and you’ll know that the TikTok ban in the US just enabled a normative framework that has been in the shadows since a decade. Cyber norms 101: it’s a process, from norm-violation to norm-setting. pic.twitter.com/SONUuNzfln
— Pukhraj Singh (@RungRage) October 10, 2020
“Russia creates conditions in which liberal democracies are forced to debate about the introduction of censorship for the sake of national security and sovereignty (Barandiy, 2018).”
Due to the biases which emerge from legal determinism influenced by analogical reasoning, the cyber policy community often ends up ignoring the actual cases of normative behavior in cyberspace. Okay, if not normative behavior then at least a semblance of some kind of customary law.Continue reading “Congratulations, it’s a cyber norm!”
A very contrarian piece for The Quint: https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/facebook-politics-hate-speech-controversy-indian-government-modi-freedom-of-speech-activism.
The recent investigative reports by TIME and the Wall Street Journal on Facebook’s content handling and lobbying activities have triggered an intense political debate in India.
On the one hand, Facebook’s moderation of hateful content in India seems to have been influenced by business and political imperatives; on the other, it appears as if the relationship between its public policy team and the ruling political dispensation was too close for comfort.Continue reading “It has nothing to do with Facebook – The Quint”
GRU being ingenious. Utilizing an informant in the US to infiltrate the conservative natsec community & plant disinfo on, well, cyber-enabled disinfo ops. Creating a highly blended environment for informational-psychological effects. Reflexive Control redux unlike anything! https://t.co/GPGc7PuXv5
— Pukhraj Singh (@RungRage) August 22, 2020
An observation on the Debbins affair:
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This is a hot take on a recent piece by two National Law University Delhi academicians, Gunjan Chawla and Vagisha Srivastava: What are ‘offensive cyber capabilities’?
The article starts on the right note: briefly pointing out the evolution of terminology using which Western militaries have tried to circumscribe cyber operations within a quasi-legal framework.Continue reading “The chimera of cyber offence”
“Almost all disinformation operations are imperfect by design, run not by perfectionists, but pragmatists.”— Thomas Rid in Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare
As Thomas Rid quips in his book Active Measures, cyber-enabled information operations are more active but less measured. So, it is rare to see the instance of an old-school disinformation operation that seems to have served its purpose quite effectively.
Active Measures, in the general sense of the term, are rarely this successful, so the operation I am going to discuss certainly stands out.Continue reading “A ‘perfect’ disinformation op during the India-China-Australia tensions?”