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Russian hacking goes far beyond 2016 pro-Trump effort

Kenneth Corbin | April 3, 2017
As the Senate Intelligence Committee begins the public phase of its investigation, experts warn of the sweeping scope of Russian hacking and disinformation efforts to advance foreign policy objectives. Cites prominent lawmakers Rubio and Ryan as recent targets.

 

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He suggested that Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites could band together to form a sort of rating system to help consumers understand the quality of information found on various sites. He proposed that the internet community could adopt the model of Consumer Reports, offering easy-to-understand rankings that would help users determine which news sites are credible.

In the meantime, the Russian interference in the election raises crucial diplomatic and foreign-policy questions, according to Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), the former director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, who now serves as president and CEO of IronNet.

Alexander called for a "quiet engagement" with Russia on the subject of the 2016 hacking, with U.S. diplomats confronting their counterparts with evidence of the interference, while also calling on lawmakers to advance a broader cyber doctrine that would establish protocols for responding to attacks from foreign nation-states.

"If there were a massive attack, we'd have to go back and get authority to act, where if it were missiles coming in we already have rules of engagement, so I think we need to step that up as well," Alexander said.

 

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