Wall Street Journal: U.S. Considers Sanctions Against Russia in Response to Hacks of Democratic Groups
Levying sanctions would require White House to publicly accuse Russia or Russian-backed hackers.
WASHINGTON—U.S. officials are discussing whether to respond to computer breaches of Democratic Party organizations with economic sanctions against Russia, but they haven’t reached a decision about how to proceed, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Levying sanctions would require the White House to publicly accuse Russia, or Russian-backed hackers, of committing the breach and then leaking embarrassing information. The U.S. has frequently opted not to publicly release attribution for cyber-assaults, though Washington did openly accuse North Korea of carrying out an embarrassing breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. in 2014.
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Update #1: Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say (NYT)
Update #2: Dems worried another hacked email trove could surface before November (FOX News)
Update #3: Russian Hackers of DNC Said to Nab Secrets From NATO, Soros (Bloomberg)
WNU Editor: In the past few years we have heard and read detailed reports on how the U.S. has hacked the phones and databases of literally every country on the planet .... and now they are crying when it is done to them. As for the DNC hack .... quite frankly I do not think anyone knows with 100% certainty on who did it .... and I think that the big fear is not that more information is going to be probably released before the election (though that is on their minds right now) ... but the real worry is the possibility that the ones who are responsible for this hack are actually people who work within the DNC itself, and who are fed-up with the corruption that they are seeing.