Russian Invasion of Ukraine is ‘Almost Certain,' Cyber Expert Says
Putin not bluffing, argues noted cyber and statecraft expert Dmitri Alperovitch, whose Crowdstrike firm uncovered Moscow's 2016 DNC hack
Little was understood about the nexus of Russia’s cyber operations and clandestine warfare operations outside cybersecurity circles until 2016, when Dmitri Alperovitch and the company he’d founded, Crowdstrike, traced the hack of the Democratic National Committee to Russian intelligence agencies. That in turn led to the discovery of the full scope of Russia’s secret cyber and social media campaigns to throw chaos into American politics, with a tilt toward damaging the Hillary Clinton campaign and helping Donald Trump win the presidency.
But the Russian-born Alperovitch, who came to the U.S. with his family as a teenager in 1994, was well known as a “computer security visionary” and “thought-leader on cybersecurity strategy and state tradecraft” long before, according to George Mason University’s National Security Institute, just one of the many places he hangs his hat, which include the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Atlantic Council. He also currently serves on the …