Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Next steps after attribution: Deterring further Russian interference

A few weeks ago, the U.S. government issued a statement declaring that Russia has been engineering disclosures of communications from U.S. political organizations and operators in an attempt to influence the upcoming U.S. presidential election. This is the first public, official acknowledgment of a long-running information warfare campaign that the statement asserted could have been authorized only by “Russia’s senior-most officials.”

Publicizing Russia’s role and warning the American people undermines Russia’s efforts as the campaign moves forward. In fact, we have already seen examples of public figures, including a prominent Republican politician, trying to push the disclosures from the spotlight as their link to Russia has become apparent.

But it’s unlikely that publicity alone will be enough to check this aggression. In fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin already has dismissed the attribution as nothing but hysteria. The discussion in the U.S. about next steps has focused on cyber-enabled counterattacks that would expose corruption in Russia or leak information about bank accounts linked to Putin. For the full article click here 

from cyber war desk http://ift.tt/2f50HaK

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