Russia is probably to blame for hacking into and leaking thousands of e-mails from the database of the US Democratic Party, estimates Jarno Limnéll, a professor of cyber security at Aalto University.
“The evidence presented in the media signifies a strong link to Russia. If the accusations prove to be true, it would be a question of a foreign nation deliberately seeking to influence the outcome of presidential elections in the United States,” he writes in his blog for Iltalehti.
“The United States will in that scenario presumably respond firmly, even though its previous public counter-measures to data breaches have been curiously moderate. A lack of response would signal a de factor approval of such activities.”
The hackers leaked roughly 20,000 sensitive internal e-mails on the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, indicating that the party leadership supported the newly-confirmed presidential nominee, Hilary Clinton, throughout the nomination process.
Limnéll reminds that some of the documents and e-mails circulating in the media may have been manipulated.
“There is hardly a shortage of ‘information’, and I recommend that everyone is very critical of sources. The case on the whole is a good example of the Russian ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’, which relevantly expands the definition of a military target and highlights the importance of diversion and (dis)information in contemporary warfare. Expect more headlines,” he says.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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Source: Uusi Suomi