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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations

Ben Buchanan


Why do nations break into one another's most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn't the full story. This book draws on often-overlooked documents leaked by Edward Snowden, real-world case studies of cyber operations, and policymaker perspectives to show that intruding into other countries' networks has enormous defensive value as well. Two nations, neither of which seeks to harm the other but neither of which trusts the other, will often find it prudent to penetrate each other's systems. This general problem, in which ... More

Keywords: Cybersecurity, Security dilemma, Cybersecurity dilemma, Cyber operations, Cyber attacks, Hacking, Counterintelligence, International security, Snowden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190665012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190665012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Buchanan, author
Harvard University