Russia Won’t Play the Cyber Card, Yet

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Mathematical Sciences

Publication Date

Spring 3-30-2022

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Center for European Policy Analysis (Washington, D.C.)

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Russia has three means to bolster its international image and project strength —conventional forces, cyber, and nuclear weapons. Only one has been used far and for a good reason. Across the political landscape and in the media, both in North America and Europe, there is a recently established assumption that Russia is poised to unleash its full range of cyberattacks in the Russian-Ukrainian war as retribution for Western support of Ukraine. According to these commentaries, digitalized Russian fury could easily spill over to Western countries and provide us with a hint of a cyber crescendo. But the predictions of Russian cyber doomsday don’t add up.

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