Russ Baker on Alleged Russian Hacking

US Threats of Cyber Attack in the Context of Elections and Cyberwar Games

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The US government is threatening Russia with a cyber attack because of alleged interference in the presidential election race. But in the 21st century — where reliance on the Internet is critical for complex societies, from how we get our news, to how we get our water and electricity — is the threat of cyber attack equivalent to a threat of war? Will cyberwarfare be the new means of fighting an updated Cold War?

Complicating the matter is the fact that the source of a cyber attack, whether against a government or private business, is often murky — shrouded in electronic haze. Internet connections can take circuitous routes all over the globe, because of their physically interconnected nature. Furthermore, sophisticated cyber attackers may hide their true geographical origin, sending signals to lead investigators astray. This aspect should give any forensic investigator pause.

How much of the current discussion is mere allegation? Before escalating an already tense relationship with Russia, shouldn’t the US instead have public hearings on these matters? WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-chief Russ Baker discussed this, and more, in a recent interview with RT news.

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7 responses to “Russ Baker on Alleged Russian Hacking”

  1. Dogma says:

    It’s odd that RT gets a free pass on WWW, even though it is basically the FoxNews mouth piece of Russia.

    If you’re going to fight for fair and just journalism, you have to be comprehensive and not selective about, simply because you have common foes.

    Nevertheless, the FBI and NSA both traced the hack to within Russia. German intelligence also says they’re being hacked from within Russia on a near daily basis.

    So you can play the “Who knows WHERE this is coming from in a digital age??” game, or just accept the most obvious answer based on the evidence.

    Hacking the DNC/HRC emails would be an /easy/ way for Putin to help eliminate his enemy (Clinton) and promote someone who could help end sanctions (Trump). It’s a no-brainer.

    It’s not exactly like Putin’s KGB never spied.

  2. 0040 says:

    It will be eventually discovered that disgruntled dems hacked and leaked the contents of Hillary’s E-mails. At least that is how those trying to recover /repair some credibility for that corrupt organization should play it.

  3. starlight says:

    It’s really outrageous when you think about it. The hegemon – scared of everything..? Causing everything is more like it. This is called PROJECTION. It is what psychopaths do. That is what we have at home – a pathocracy.
    Take a look at the book POLITICAL PONEROLOGY – the description of psychopaths and their affects – their ability to turn normal people to their way of thinking. Think of Germany in the ’20s and ’30s. Normal, advanced German people turned into — psychopaths! Like is happening at home.
    Be prepared – learn about psychopaths now and take a look at the book above for an idea of how they eat into peoples’ minds. The only defense is knowledge of them – the ones who have no conscience.

  4. starlight says:

    It’s really outrageous when you think about it. The hegemon – scared of everything..? Causing everything is more like it. This is called PROJECTION. It is what psychopaths do. That is what we have at home – a pathocracy.
    Take a look at the book POLITICAL PONEROLOGY – the description of psychopaths and their affects – their ability to turn normal people to their way of thinking. Think of Germany in the ’20s and ’30s. Normal, advanced German people turned into — psychopaths! Like is happening at home.
    Be prepared – learn about psychopaths now and take a look at the book above for an idea of how they eat into peoples’ minds. The only defense is knowledge of them – the ones who have no conscience.

    • Dogma says:

      Funny you should mention Germany, since their intelligence say they’re being hacked from within Russia too.
      But I suppose they’re just PROJECTING, too, right?

  5. Orangutan. says:

    Sounds like another in a long line of false flag events, disaster capitalism scenarios, and shock doctrine political tactics used to shape society through fear and threats. If our electoral process can be hacked by foreign nations, that is on us, not them. Never forget the anthrax attacks just after 9/11 were initially blamed on “radical extremist Muslims” and falsely too. Thanks to quality investigative journalism the population is finally waking up to these scare tactics and 1984- style maneuvers.