Making the Concept of Violence Central to the Study of Offensive Cyber Operations

Dr Florian J Egloff, Dr James Shires Cyberspace is everywhere. It is so prevalent that the concept has started to lose its functional utility – and, as the recent Facebook rebrand demonstrates, big tech companies still want to make cyber interactions even more seamless and attractive. For the majority of the world’s population with accessContinue reading “Making the Concept of Violence Central to the Study of Offensive Cyber Operations”

To the Frontline and Beyond: How Ransomware’s Operational Details Can Inform Policy and Strategy

Dr Jamie Collier Mentioned just once in the UK Government’s Integrated Review, recent events highlight that ransomware is undoubtedly a crucial matter of national security. As Ciaran Martin has already discussed in The Alert, ransomware has recently disrupted oil and meat supplies, education infrastructure, and healthcare operations during a global pandemic. Offensive cyber might beContinue reading “To the Frontline and Beyond: How Ransomware’s Operational Details Can Inform Policy and Strategy”

Balancing on the rail – considering responsibility and restraint in the July 2021 Iran railways incident

JD Work [1], [2] An intrusion against a railway network, resulting in destructive effects leading to disruption of cargo and passenger transportation, would in previous decades likely have been considered a major strategic attack. Early writings on cyber warfare posited such actions only in theory, within the context of adapting ideas of other long-range strikeContinue reading “Balancing on the rail – considering responsibility and restraint in the July 2021 Iran railways incident”

CS Alert – Offensive Cyber in 1914

Image: An undated photograph of CS Alert. Source: Wikipedia. By Neil Ashdown On 5 August 1914 – the day after Great Britain declared war on Germany – CS Alert, a British cable ship, severed the submarine telegraph cables connecting Germany to the United States. The first post on The Alert, the blog of the OffensiveContinue reading “CS Alert – Offensive Cyber in 1914”

Why ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ matters for democracy

Dr Andrew Dwyer Recently, I was struck by a front cover to the magazine, Newsweek, which declared that we are (again) facing the potential for a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’. For many within both the practitioner and academic ‘cyber’[1] community, this is manifest of a long shadow of the hyperbole that characterised the popular recognition ofContinue reading “Why ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ matters for democracy”