Cyber Mercenaries : The State, Hackers, and Power, Paperback / softback Book

Cyber Mercenaries : The State, Hackers, and Power Paperback / softback


Cyber Mercenaries explores the secretive relationships between states and hackers.

As cyberspace has emerged as the new frontier for geopolitics, states have become entrepreneurial in their sponsorship, deployment, and exploitation of hackers as proxies to project power.

Such modern-day mercenaries and privateers can impose significant harm undermining global security, stability, and human rights.

These state-hacker relationships therefore raise important questions about the control, authority, and use of offensive cyber capabilities.

While different countries pursue different models for their proxy relationships, they face the common challenge of balancing the benefits of these relationships with their costs and the potential risks of escalation.

This book examines case studies in the United States, Iran, Syria, Russia, and China for the purpose of establishing a framework to better understand and manage the impact and risks of cyber proxies on global politics.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 266 pages, 4 Tables, black and white; 2 Halftones, black and white; 8 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: International relations
  • ISBN: 9781107566866

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