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Russia's tone on cyber matters, at once defiant and defensive, reflects Moscow's claim that America shot first in the internet wars and Russia is struggling to respond.Russia is conducting a quiet lobbying campaign for its U.N. package. The first Russian U.N. resolution appears to be drawn largely from a Chinese-drafted "code of conduct" approved in 2015 by Russia, China and the other four members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The U.S. has negotiated intermittently with Russia and the U.N. on cyber issues, trying to build norms of behavior and confidence-building measures without compromising internet freedom. Yet after endorsing the 2015 GGE report that supposedly protected infrastructure, Russia this year allegedly conducted cyberattacks against American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, according to the Department of Homeland Security.Russia's cybercrime initiative is a second leg of the effort to steer cyber regulation Moscow's way. Russia was the only major European country that didn't sign the 2001 Budapest Convention, partly because it allowed foreign law enforcement officials to directly query internet service providers. Russia has tailored its new cybercrime convention to fit its authoritarian needs.
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