Alex Ward reports for Vox News on recent Russian intrigue against NATO forces. Citing the original concern from the Wall Street Journal, Ward reports that on October 4 US Army Lt. Col. Christopher L’Heureux had an attempt to hack his phone from a Russian IP address. Six other American NATO soldiers also reported attempts on their devices, so did an Estonian soldier. Lt. Col. L’Heureux was in a Polish NATO base at the time and says the Russians were trying to geolocate him. I concur with Mr. Ward’s understanding of the Russian hacks insofar as he writes that these hackings are responses to perceived NATO/Western aggression toward the Russian people. This recent development, however, has reminded me of the increasing role of cyberspace in warfare. During discussion in the previous weeks, the class mentioned scenarios in which cyber attacks would be preemptive of a kinetic, physical attack. A paralytic of sorts on a rival’s communications in this NATO incident. Fortunately, this was no such tactic but it can be easily hypothesized.


–E. Hicks