CIA, NSA, and other Government Agencies are working together to minimize the risk of a Russian cyber attack that would disrupt the Election Day.
As reported by NBC News, intelligence officials, coordinated by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, are on alert for possible new Russian interference.
Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, explains that:
The Russians are in an offensive mode and [the U.S. is] working on strategies to respond to that, and at the highest levels
The fear is that the attack on October, 21 against DYN, which manages websites like Amazon and Paypal, might have been a dry run for a massive attack on November, 8.
But it is not only a large scale attack that might endanger the fairness and correctness of the voting process.
Russians have already hacked into the Democratic National Convention members’ emails and are considered responsible for the dissemination of Hillary’s emails too.
Chairman of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, John Podesta, has declared:
The world now knows, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was carried out by the Russian government in a clear attempt to interfere with the integrity of our elections.
Another risk before the elections is the release of false propaganda information aimed at discrediting the Democratic Party and at influencing the vote in Trump’s favor.
As reported today by Newsweek, Russia has been using this propaganda technique already so far by distributing information (either false or illegally obtained), and having them spread all around the social media by propagandists, hired with the purpose of generating negative information about the Democrats.
This is what happened, according to the report released on October, 29, during the recent elections in Montenegro, a country where Russia has multiple political interests. Social media were flooded with such an enormous amount of bogus information that they had to be shut down, and all the propaganda was, of course, for the more pro-Russia candidate.
An American official has declared that this type of attack would not be a surprise during or before the Election Day.
It’s the kind of thing that we are anticipating that they will try here. But they will target whatever they can — voting infrastructure, putting out false stories about the Democratic Party intentionally manipulating the results. That’s what they do.
The only one who does not seem concerned about Russian intervention is Donald Trump, who so far had always run in support of Russia when the Kremlin was accused of instigating the hacks or of illicit inference in American politics. Probably because Trump and his party are the ones that benefit from Putin’s support. So much that Hillary has called Trump “Putin’s puppet.”
And it is hard to imagine that Russia is investing so much effort in besmirching Hillary’s reputation without having something to gain, like the election of Trump, who, if elected (and we really hope he is not), will do what his supporter Putin has only dreamt of so far: weakening NATO so much that it will become a useless tool, unable to stop any expansionistic idea Putin might harbor.
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