#CYBER factors into reasoning and stances on Salisbury incident

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday night that Russia’s deployment of a ‘military grade nerve agent’ in Salisbury, England was a ‘blatant breach of international law’. Minister Bishop continued to say that ‘Russia has conducted a series of egregious breaches of international law in recent times including cyber-attacks…’ and announced that Australia is ejecting two ‘undeclared intelligence officers’ (a.k.a. spies).

Globally 151 Russian diplomats and agents were deported by 23 countries in Europe and North America in an orchestrated action earlier this week. The US says, “Russian government cyber actors…targeted government entities and multiple US critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.”

The Brookings Institute warns that the interference with the West is minor compared to what will be unleashed next. “In the very near term, however, technological advancements in artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities will open opportunities for malicious actors to undermine democracies more covertly and effectively than what we have seen so far. Increasingly sophisticated cyber tools, tested primarily in Ukraine, have already infected Western systems, as evidenced by the DHS-FBI report. An all-out attack on Western critical infrastructure seems inevitable.”

Are dark days ahead?

Read more: ABC / TIME / Brookings / AFR($)

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This story is taken from the 29 March 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.