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Cyber Mercenaries: States and Hackers

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Cyber Mercenaries: States and Hackers

As cyberspace has emerged as a new frontier for geopolitics, states have become entrepreneurial in their sponsorship, deployment, and exploitation of hackers as proxies to project power. Such modern-day mercenaries and privateers can impose significant harm undermining global security, stability, and human rights.

In a new book, Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power, Tim Maurer examines these state-hacker relationships and the important questions they raise about the control, authority, and use of offensive cyber capabilities. Drawing on case studies in the United States, Iran, Syria, Russia, and China, the book establishes a framework to better understand and manage the impact and risks of cyber proxies on global politics. Maurer will be joined in conversation at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace by Eric Rosenbach, and Ellen Nakashima will moderate.

Event Details

  • Date: February 8, 2018

  • When: 4:30 - 5:30 PM

  • Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace