DNCHack is the ‘most significant’ of any cyber attack ever seen: Thomas Rid

by Chris Zappone

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The Korean War helped establish a norm of behavior during Cold War.

Where is the hacking of the Democrats during the 2016 election heading?  I would compare it to one of the major inflection points of the Cold War that changed the behavior of superpowers afterward.

Thomas Rid, professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, has recently made a similar assessment.

“I think this is one of the most serious cyber attacks – if you want to call it that – that we have ever seen. One of the most consequential ones. – Not technically. It’s not like the blackout in Ukraine. – But on the political level I think this is more significant than possibly any other cyber attack that we have ever seen.”

“A lot of credibility at stake.

“I think the evidence is quite strong here.

“What the Russia intelligence community are doing here is setting a de facto norm.”

For all of the search for “norms” in cyberspace, I believe that whatever the US does in retaliation for the DNC Hack will effectively establish the “norm.”

Rid’s comments came from the New America/Christian Science Monitor cyber security podcast.

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