In September 2017 Rid joined Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies as Professor of Strategic Studies.
On 3 April 2017, a small research team co-presented a historical research project at Kaspersky’s Security Analyst Summit on MOONLIGHT MAZE, the first known state-on-state digital espionage campaign. The project analyses logs and binaries from staging server intercepts captured in 1998–99, linking a 20-year-old operation to the present.
On 30 March, Rid testified in front of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Russian disinformation and active measures. His opening statement was widely covered.
Rise of the Machines was published in 2016 in the United States with W. W. Norton, in Australia and in the UK with Scribe; in German as Maschinendämmerung with Propyläen Ullstein. Machines is out in Mandarin with China Machine Press (as 机器崛起); in Russian with Eksmo; in Japanese with Sakuhin Sha; and in Turkish with Siyah Kitap. Recorded Books produced the audiobook.
“How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History,” an investigative longform story, is out in Esquire magazine’s November issue. It was covered in The New York Times, Politico, Daily Mail, and La Stampa. RIA Novosti’s inoSMI, a state-linked news service, translated the piece into Russian.
“Cryptopolitik and the Darknet,” an original research article, co-authored with Daniel Moore, was published in the February-March 2016 issue of Survival. Three weeks after publication it became the journal’s most-downloaded article ever.