News of the alleged Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee's computers has riveted the world. But for many, this kind of behavior is a daily reality.
Take, for example, Syrian Nour Al-Ameer. A former vice president of the Syrian National Council, Al-Ameer was arrested and sent to infamous Adra prison in Damascus, where she was brutally tortured. Upon release, she became a refugee, fleeing to relative safety in Turkey.
Or so she thought.
Al-Ameer is a net-savvy activist, and so when she received a legitimate-looking email containing a PowerPoint attachment addressed to her and purporting to detail "Assad Crimes," she could easily have opened it. Instead, she shared it with us at the Citizen Lab, where we analyze
the exercise of political power in cyberspace.