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U.S. Officials Say Defenses Are up against Alleged Russian Hacking

by Rebecca CampbellOctober 21, 2016

The U.S. has put measures into place that is reported to stop Russia from hacking into emails that could influence the upcoming presidential election, reports NBC News.

Back in July, it was reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said that Russian state-sponsored hackers may have hacked the Democratic Party’s network and email system in an attempt to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

He said:

…experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump…that’s disturbing.

But could Russia really be looking into hacking the U.S. presidential elections?

It seems that rather than take the chance of finding it out too late, U.S. officials have put defensive measures in place designed to block hacking paths that the Russians are alleged to have utilized.

It has been reported that emails were stolen from high-profile Democrats which were made public through WikiLeaks, DCleaks, and Guccifer 2.0.

However, while these defensive measures are being put into place, how long will it take before ways are found that can infiltrate the new measures?

According to Juan Zarate, a top counterterrorism official from 2005 to 2009, who spoke to NBC News, he said it wouldn’t take long before the Russians – both the state actors and their proxies – were able to find vulnerabilities.

He said:

This isn’t going to be the end of the story by any stretch.

WikiLeaks

When it comes to WikiLeaks they have not been shy releasing information pertaining to government and state documents.

Earlier this month, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, spoke via a video conference from the Ecuador embassy in London. He has been in asylum since August 2014.

He announced that the upcoming release of information WikiLeaks had access to could impact the U.S. presidential elections.

He said:

[They] are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also.

Even though leak sites and hackers are believed to have access to emails that have yet to be made public, U.S. officials are confident that its new defensive measures have stopped Russians from stealing further information, according to NBC News.

It remains to be seen whether or not this is in fact the case.

The U.S. Hits Back

Naturally, the U.S. doesn’t plan on taking these hacks lying down.

So-much-so, that it was reported earlier this month that the White House is planning a massive, unprecedented cyberattack on the Russian government. This is in retaliation for the alleged Russian hacking into the U.S. presidential elections.

This news doesn’t seem too surprising considering the fact that President Obama revealed that he had concerns over the government’s cybersecurity measures particularly after he admitted that the White House had been the target of hackers.

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