How Russia attacked
The GRU used multiple units to conduct “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election”, according to the US hacking indictment. The operations involved “staged releases of documents stolen through computer intrusions”, including by Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and DCLeaks, another front observed being set up by the GRU.
The Russian attacks included creating fake social media “posing as US persons… to interfere with US political and electoral processes” in order to defeat “the lawful governmental functions of the United States”,
According to US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein when releasing the latest indictment, the hacking and disinformation activities he described were part of a larger plan to “spread divisive messages” and to “spread disinformation and to sow discord on a mass scale in order … ultimately to undermine the appeal of democracy itself”.
A British IT manager and former hacker launched and ran an international Russian-influenced disinformation campaign that has twice provided US President Donald Trump with fake evidence and false arguments to deny that Russia interfered to help him in the election.
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