Cyber Blockades

Cyber Blockades

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Cyber Blockades is the first book to examine the phenomena of blockade operations in cyberspace, large-scale attacks on infrastructure or systems that aim to prevent an entire state from sending or receiving electronic data. Cyber blockades can take place through digital, physical, and/or electromagnetic means. Blockade operations have historically been considered acts of war, thus their emergence in cyberspace has significant implications for international law and for our understanding of cyber warfare. The author defines and explains the emerging concept of "cyber blockades" and presents a unique comparison of blockade operations in five different domains-on land, at sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace-identifying common elements as well as important distinctions. Alison Lawlor Russell's framework for defining cyber blockades, understanding how they occur, and considering the motivations of actors who employ them is applied with in-depth analysis of the cyber attacks on Estonia in 2007 and on Georgia during the 2008 Georgia-Russia War.
Blockade operations have occurred in cyberspace and will doubtlessly be used again in the future, by both state and non-state actors alike, because of the unique advantages of this type of attack. This book offers recommendations for policymakers contemplating or confronted by such attacks. Cyber Blockades is also a must-read for scholars and students of security studies, terrorism, substate groups, and the future of warfare.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 454g
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; 3 Tables, unspecified
  • 1626161119
  • 9781626161115

Table of contents

1. Networks of Power in the Information Society 2. Theorizing about Cyberspace 3. Evolution of Blockades in Different Domains 4. Cyber Attacks on Estonia 5. The Georgia-Russia War 6. Comparing Cyber Blockades 7. Conclusion Glossary BibliographyIndex
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Careful, sophisticated analysis ... The authors transcend cliches about tradeoffs between liberty and security, patiently explaining how without security, there is rarely much liberty. Foreign Affairs
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About Alison Lawlor Russell

Alison Lawlor Russell is an assistant professor of Political Science and International Studies at Merrimack College and a non-resident research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses. She holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has been a lecturer at Boston College and Tufts University.
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