FBI director warns of Russian interference in 2020 election
WP: USA is developing a cyber operation to counter Russian interference in the 2020 elections
These measures can be directed against Russian officials and some oligarchs
U.S. Cyber Command is developing information operations tactics that could be used against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.
This was reported by the Washington Post, citing current and former US officials..
One of the possible scenarios is directed against the top leadership and representatives of the Russian elite. However, according to the sources of the publication, speaking on condition of anonymity, it probably will not affect personally the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin..
The idea is to show that sensitive personal data of the target of a cyberattack could be at risk if the interference does not stop, according to the Washington Post, noting that sources declined to provide more detailed explanations..
Cyber Command and Pentagon officials declined to comment.
The message comes amid efforts by multiple departments within the Donald Trump administration to ensure that the 2020 elections are protected from foreign influence, although Trump himself questioned the findings of the American intelligence community about Russian intervention in 2016..
The options under consideration are based on the Cyber Command operation conducted before the midterm congressional elections last year, writes The Washington Post. Then the command used e-mail, pop-ups and text messages addressed to Russian Internet trolls who spread disinformation on American social networks, as well as hackers working for Russian military intelligence. Thus, they were given to understand that their identity is known and can be published..
Now the targets of retaliation can be key leaders of the intelligence services, the military, and possibly some oligarchs. In this case, the distribution of messages may be accompanied by a limited cyber operation, which is designed to show the ability of the American side to gain access to a specific system or account, sources said. Messages should implicitly warn the target that there will be consequences if election meddling continues, the Washington Post points out..
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