Russian information security and warfare

Authored by: Carolina Vendil Pallin

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
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Anyone hoping to find a description of Russian offensive strategy in the cyber or information sphere in official documents or statements will be duly disappointed. The Russian position is that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and this includes information operations. Russia does, however, see itself as a victim of undue meddling in its own internal affairs. Everything from hacker attacks to unfavourable news coverage is considered part of this unwanted activity. From the above, it is obvious that the Russian definition of what constitutes information warfare is broad – and so is the realm of national security in the information sphere. The definition available on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defence states that information warfare takes place between states, which use

measures of dangerous influence on its information sphere, the destruction or disruption of information and communications systems from functioning normally, of security of information resources, getting unsanctioned access to these, and also mass-informational-psychological influence on the personnel of the Armed Forces and the population of the adversary in order to destabilize society and the state.


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