Friday, November 4, 2016

The CIA Prepares For Cyber War

David Rhode, The Atlantic: Is the CIA Ready for the Age of Cyberwar?

Behind the most sweeping reforms in the agency’s history—and their limits.

When America goes to the polls on November 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of information war. A months-long campaign backed by the Russian government to undermine the credibility of the U.S. presidential election—through hacking, cyberattacks, and disinformation campaigns—is likely to peak on voting day, the officials said.

Russian officials deny any such effort. But current and former U.S. officials warn that hackers could post fictional evidence online of widespread voter fraud, release a final tranche of embarrassing hacked emails, and slow the internet to a crawl through cyberattacks.

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WNU Editor: I am sure that within the CIA there are many who have been ready for a long time on what needs to be done in this new digital age. But the problem has always been the same .... the CIA's political masters have a different idea and/or are too slow to adjust when the situation changes. With a new administration expected to take charge in January ... whether it be Trump or Clinton .... I am sure they will be coming in with their own ideas and agenda, thereby putting even more uncertainty within the CIA on what needs to be done (or not).

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