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Blame it on the Russians: Tracking the Portrayal of Russians During Cyber Conflict Incidents

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posted on 2018-09-19, 10:18 authored by Athina Karatzogianni
This article analyses various cyber conflicts and cyber crime incidents attributed to Russian hackers, such as the Estonian and Georgian cyber conflicts and the ‘Climategate hack’. The article argues that Russian hackers were blamed by dozens of outlets for the Climategate hack, because that was consistent with global media coverage of cyber crime incidents which portrayed Russians as highly powerful hackers responsible for many hacking incidents. This narrative also was congruent with the new Cold War rhetoric that consistently takes issue with Russia acting on its geopolitical interests. These interests are seen to manifest themselves in Russia’s objection to countries, formerly under its influence, participating in the NATO alliance and its seemingly obstructive stance at the Copenhagen summit on climate change.



Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 2010 (4), pp. 127-150

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