From the Winter 2024 Issue

Cyber McCarthyism – The Third Red Scare

Chris Pogue
Director, Digital Forensics and Incident Response | CyberCX

McCarthyism, also known as the Second Red Scare, refers to the political repression and persecution of various politicians, government employees and military personnel, in an attempt to spread the fear of alleged communist and Soviet influence on American institutions and of Soviet espionage in the United States during the late 1940s through the 1950s.  After the mid-1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy, who had spearheaded the campaign and after which the campaign is named, gradually lost his public popularity and credibility after several of his accusations . . .

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