Shadow Brokers, digital attacks, and the escalation of geopolitical conflict

Last week’s data dump by the Shadow Brokers has left many wondering how the US will respond. This is just the latest in a series of politically motivated data breaches often attributed to Russia, including last year’s State Department and White House attacks, as well as this summer’s intrusions on the DNC and DCCC. However, these must not be viewed in isolation, but as part of the larger, on-going escalation of tensions between the US and Russia.

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