Now in pop­u­lar cul­ture


Be­cause full-scale con­ven­tional wars are hard to imag­ine in our world, best­selling au­thor Kyle Mills has Rus­sian cy­ber­war­fare at the cen­tre of his new thriller. “Rus­sia’s econ­omy is the size of Texas’s, but it has an in­cred­i­ble abil­ity to in­flict dam­age with­out ex­pos­ing it­self to a sig­nif­i­cant re­tal­i­a­tion. For years, peo­ple have recog­nised the in­creas­ing threat of at­tacks on power grids, com­puter net­works, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. But I don’t think any­one was pre­pared for the ef­fec­tive­ness of In­ter­net pro­pa­ganda. Rus­sia can’t de­feat the US in a mil­i­tary or eco­nomic war. But they might be able to con­vince Amer­ica to de­feat it­self,” Mills told mid-day over email.

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