Kremlin Subs Set Sights on Internet’s Undersea Backbone

Photo: Elena Ignatyeva/AP

Cipher Brief Analysis:  The U.S. and its NATO allies have warned that an uptick in Russian submarine activity near undersea fiber optic cables means Moscow may be plotting to disrupt or intercept sensitive or other critical internet communications in the event of a confrontation with the West. Their warning serves as a plea to western civilian leaders for greater funding to monitor such activity – and also, serves as a public demarche to Russia to cease and desist that is likely to be ignored.

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