Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking an agreement from his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in order to rein in global cyberwarfare. Moscow sees the effort as critical in stemming an already raging 21st-century digital arms race and avoiding a miscalculation that could spark a conflict between the two top military powers. Such an inadvertent conflagration becomes especially dangerous in the absence of “red lines” not yet established among nations and non-state actors, who are also quickly honing potentially devastating cyber capabilities. Putin made note of this latent threat in September, asserting that “one of today’s major strategic challenges is the risk of a large-scale confrontation in the digital field,” part of remarks referred to Newsweek by the Russian embassy in Washington. The comment came alongside a four-point plan to establish high-level communication between Washington and Moscow on what Russia refers to as “international information security,” including through existing bodies dealing with nuclear and computer readiness, as well as through the establishment of new rules of the road mirroring U.S.-Soviet agreements on avoiding maritime incidents, and mutual “guarantees of non-intervention into internal affairs of each other.” Putin is also seeking is a global agreement on “no-first-strike” regarding communications technologies, another reference… Read full this story
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