Athina Karatzogianni is lecturer in Media, Culture and Society at the University of Hull, UK. She is the author of The Politics of Cyberconfict (2006), Power, Conflict and Resistance: Social Movements, Networks and Hierarchies with Andrew Robinson (2010), and the editor of Cyber Conflict and Global Politics (2009). She is currently writing on cyberconflicts of unrecognised and small states. She is also contributing to work theorising ultraviolent subjectivities in cyberspace, examining conflict analysis and war coverage of crises in global hotspots and exploring the potential of ICTs and network forms of organisation for social movements, resistance and open knowledge production.
4.9 Blame it on the Russians: Tracking the Portrayal of Russian Hackers During Cyber Conflict Incidents
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.
Language of contribution: English