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Thu Dec 26, 2019, 12:42 AM

U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election

Source: Washington Post

Military cyber officials are developing information warfare tactics that could be deployed against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections through hacking election systems or sowing widespread discord, according to current and former U.S. officials.

One option being explored by U.S. Cyber Command would target senior leadership and Russian elites, though probably not President Vladimir Putin, which would be considered too provocative, said the current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. The idea would be to show that the target’s sensitive personal data could be hit if the interference did not stop, though officials declined to be more specific.

“When the Russians put implants into an electric grid, it means they’re making a credible showing that they have the ability to hurt you if things escalate,” said Bobby Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “What may be contemplated here is an individualized version of that, not unlike individually targeted economic sanctions. It’s sending credible signals to key decision-makers that they are vulnerable if they take certain adversarial actions.”

Cyber Command and officials at the Pentagon declined to comment.

The military has long used psychological operations — dropping hundreds of thousands of leaflets in Iraq, for instance, to persuade Iraqi soldiers to surrender to the U.S.-led coalition during the Gulf War. But the Internet, social media and smartphones have vastly extended the reach and precision of such tactics.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-cybercom-contemplates-information-warfare-to-counter-russian-interference-in-the-2020-election/2019/12/25/21bb246e-20e8-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html

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Reply U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election (Original post)
Zorro Dec 2019 OP
PSPS Dec 2019 #1
eggplant Dec 2019 #2
Midnight Writer Dec 2019 #3
duforsure Dec 2019 #4
saidsimplesimon Dec 2019 #7
bucolic_frolic Dec 2019 #5
lark Dec 2019 #6
Bayard Dec 2019 #8
elleng Dec 2019 #9

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 12:53 AM

1. "not President Vladimir Putin, which would be considered too provocative"

I suppose they'll have the same reluctance when it comes to trump, who is the person ultimately in charge of this "cyber command."

...tactics that could be deployed against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections through hacking election systems or sowing widespread discord...


What about the russian agent operating out of the oval office? He's been "sowing widespread discord" for over three years now.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 01:01 AM

2. Has leaflet bombing ever worked?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 04:22 AM

3. If someone (say, maybe, Putin) reads this to Trump, he will put a stop to it.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 06:01 AM

4. trump will try to undermine this

By abusing his powers, by finding out whose behind this group, then removing them and replacing them with his mole. Then he'll try to stop it from continuing by claiming something wild against them.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 10:23 AM

7. Commander in Thief

barf

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 08:58 AM

5. The only information warfare we need deploy

is to mute Trump

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 09:48 AM

6. Thud, thud, the sound of drumpy running to call PUtin.

I imagine it would go something like this - Hey Vlad, you wouldn't believe what those motherfuckers are trying to do to you and your friends now! Call Pompeo tomorrow so he can give you the specs so you know how to avoid this and delete all those Dem voters, like we discussed! I will need to talk to him first and clue him in that he needs to cooperate 100% with your efforts to avoid their interference in your taking the next election for me - which I totally deserve!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 11:59 AM

8. Well, don't TELL THEM THE PLAN!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 01:39 PM

9. REALLY!

and then make it MORE feeble than what we've done in the PAST!

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