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    Europe Braces for Russian Cyber Assault Before 2017 Elections

    LONDON —
    Amid ongoing accusations that Russia attempted to influence and subvert the U.S. presidential election, Europe is bracing for a similar operation by Moscow before a series of elections. France, Germany and the Netherlands go to the polls in 2017, and analysts say Russia is already attempting to influence the outcomes, a charge Moscow denies.

    As the chief European architect of sanctions against Russia, analysts say German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the European leader Moscow would most like to see voted out of power.

    In a speech this month Merkel warned of the dangers of external attempts to hack the election, adding that German leaders must inform people, and express their political convictions clearly.

    The chancellor is running for a fourth term. But she does have an Achilles heel. Nearly a million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015 and analysts say Russia will likely use this to try whip-up anti-immigrant feeling.

    In January, a fake news story about a Russian-German girl named "Lisa" who had reportedly been raped by migrants prompted protests in Germany, and accusations of a cover-up from Moscow. The girl later admitted it was a lie. Russia will likely ramp up its efforts at disinformation before the election, says Center for European Reform analyst Ian Bond.

    “They can target it both in France and in Germany. But because Angela Merkel herself has been so closely identified with the policy of admitting refugees and asylum seekers to Germany, it is, I think, an area of vulnerability for her,” Bond says.


    Break-up of EU as goal

    The far right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party is rising in the polls. Monday’s terror attack in Berlin could boost support, says Thorsten Benner of Berlin’s Global Public Policy Institute.

    “Or if we have an unraveling of the refugee situation again with the EU-Turkey pact unraveling on refugees. That could also increase the pressure on Germany,” Benner says.

    Across Europe, far right parties have sought close relationships with Moscow. Ian Bond says the populist parties share one goal, the break-up of the European Union.

    “And from a Russian point of view if you can divide Europe, if you can then pick off individual states and make them feel more vulnerable or make them feel that they have to accommodate themselves to Russia, then that is a huge win.”

    With Donald Trump taking over the U.S. presidency in January, Bond says European unity will be tested from all sides.

    “Trump himself, like Putin, seems to share this preference for dealing with countries in Europe bilaterally rather than multilaterally. And so I think he is not going to shed many tears if in fact the EU is weakened as a result of Russian activity in European elections in the coming months” Bond says.

    While Trump has said US NATO allies should pay more for defense, he has not suggested he wants to see the European Union weakened.

    European leaders hope that by sounding the alarm early, any attempts by Moscow to influence upcoming elections can be extinguished. But analysts warn Russia’s propaganda drive is already well underway.


    Europe Braces for Russian Cyber Assault Before 2017 Elections

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    European Based Globalist Scum Prepare Russian Cyber Assault Excuse, Ready For 2017 Election Setbacks...

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    Ridiculous load of tosh article

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    How things have changed in my lifetime. Seems not that long ago it was always the far left turning to Moscow; now it's the far right.....at least according to the far left....

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    ^ Fairly confusing turn of events.


    Europe keeps a wary eye on Russian cyber warfare


    British MP and former secretary of state for culture Ben Bradshaw said last week he thought it 'highly probable' that Russia meddled in the Brexit referendum process in June. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA


    DUBLIN // European governments are increasingly apprehensive of Russian state-sponsored propaganda and hacking in their political and economic affairs, as US security agencies confirm Moscow’s interference in the recent presidential election.

    British prime minister Theresa May will chair a session of the national security council early next year to deal with suspicions of Russian cyber warfare, media reports said on Saturday. It came after the British government announced on November 1 a plan to spend £1.9 billion (Dh8.6bn) on cybersecurity.


    Warning of hostile "foreign actors", Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that if the UK failed to act, "we would be left with the impossible choice of turning the other cheek, ignoring the devastating consequences, or resorting to a military response".

    Although Mr Hammond did not name any country, other officials have singled Russia out.

    Labour MP and former secretary of state for culture Ben Bradshaw said last week he thought it "highly probable" that Russia meddled in the Brexit referendum process in June.


    Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, the most senior officer in the UK’s armed forces, said on Thursday last week: "Many people have alleged political subversion, propaganda rather than information. And there’s no doubt – it’s not a secret – that Russia is using cyber as a part of this power."

    In response, the Russian embassy in London tweeted: "We will be happy to finally see some proof."

    "I think what you are seeing is the new manifestation of the old Cold War," said Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Surrey. "It may have stopped for a while, but it is still going – only this time in cyberspace."


    The UK has not yet made public any hacking activity that can be attributed to Russia, Mr Woodward said. But given how vocal governments have been about Russian cyber warfare, intelligence agencies may well hold details of such attacks

    Britain’s concerns have been echoed in continental Europe as well, particularly as France, the Netherlands and Germany head into an election year.

    On December 8, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, warned of cyber operations that could "weaken or destabilise" the country. Russia is conducting "aggressive and increased cyberspying and cyber operations", Mr Maassen said.


    A hack of the emails of German parliamentarians last year – the contents of which were subsequently published by WikiLeaks – was the work of the same Russian outfit that pilfered the emails of the Democratic National Committee in the US, Mr Maassen alleged.

    As with Donald Trump in America, two of France’s most conservative presidential candidates, Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon, are also seen to share a warm relationship with Russia.


    By its own admission, Ms Le Pen’s Front National party has periodically requested and received loans from Russian banks.

    After the party received an €11 million (Dh42m) loan from the Moscow-based First Czech Russian Bank in 2014, Ms Le Pen’s critics charged that she was being rewarded for backing Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

    Mr Fillon has often defended Russia, arguing that sanctions on Moscow have been unfair and that the West goaded Russia into its belligerence in Ukraine. During the run-up to the US election, when asked about the potential effects of an alliance between Mr Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, Mr Fillon said: "I do not fear it. I wish for it."


    Last week, the Russian government gave US$19 million (Dh70m) in funds to RT, a state-backed television company, to start a French-language channel.

    Meanwhile in Bulgaria, president Rosen Plevneliev said in early November that Russia had already initiated a cyberattack in his country, "the heaviest and most intense ... that has been conducted in south-east Europe".

    Europe’s worries coincide with a wider rise in information warfare, according to an annual threat assessment from Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company.


    In its predictions for 2017, published in a report last month, Kaspersky Lab noted that the kind of attacks conducted in 2016 – "the dumping of hacked information for aggressive purposes" – will rise. It said "attackers will ... exploit people’s willingness to accept such data as fact".

    "As critical infrastructure and manufacturing systems remain connected to the internet, often with little or no protection, the temptation to damage or disrupt them could prove overwhelming for cyberattackers, particularly ... during times of rising geopolitical tension," the report said.


    Russia’s suspected intervention in favour of Mr Trump marked the culmination of a growing impatience with cyber warfare, Mr Woodward said, referring to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails.

    "The reason we’ve seen the rhetoric of late [from] western governments is that elections could have been affected," he said. "That’s obviously over the line."

    "Stealing information is something that intelligence agencies have done for centuries, but to try to influence elections in a way that is so public is something that western governments clearly believe they cannot stand by and let happen unchallenged."

    Europe keeps a wary eye on Russian cyber warfare | The National

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman View Post
    How things have changed in my lifetime. Seems not that long ago it was always the far left turning to Moscow; now it's the far right.....at least according to the far left....
    You must be very one-eyed if you only see those claims coming from the far left..
    What the far-right nationalists are doing is the old "my enemies enemy is my friend"

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    What total codswallop! I find it offensive the media thinks we are that gullible.

    Oh, hang on a minute!

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    Ask Mrs Merkel who it was that got caught tapping her phone the Russians or someone else.

    Once she has the answer to that question then she should have a good idea as to who is the most likely to be spying on Europe or attempting to subvert elections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    European Based Globalist Scum Prepare Russian Cyber Assault Excuse, Ready For 2017 Election Setbacks...
    for once I agree..

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    What utter bullshit

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    hilarious

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    if you had the ability to influence elections would you do it ?

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    It's only propaganda when they do it- otherwise it's Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Opinion.

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    It looks like not enough people are believing the western propaganda we are supposed to swallow and too many people are reading RT and other sources for their news. Surely the internet is to blame.

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    Who makes up these deluded stories, people don't believe this shit anymore.
    Can Russia influence Teakdoor to rig Thai elections, it's been done and you weren't aware of Russia's influence over you.

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    Russians must have developed a wireless mind control machine,

    Americans are jealous that theirs is broken

    it needs an upgrade to iOS 9.9

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    Aah.. the great #MustBeRussia meme... for the new McCarthyism of the left.
    This left-wing tin-foil hattery is desperate stuff... utter cult-like denial... you can't make Russia super competent and super incompetent at the same time!

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    There was more anti-Russia stuff yesterday on the BBC, but from a US general. "Russia used Syria as live-fire training - US general".

    Yeah? So what? It's not like other countries don't test out their armaments and equipment in the battle field. It's just not fucking newsworthy. It's just trying to paint a negative picture of Russia. But it just makes the US general look stupid and the BBC look like pathetic and the mouthpiece of some petulant school-kid in uniform. The western propaganda is backfiring on them.

    Or something like that.

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    ^ yes I heard that as well from the General and immediately chuckled, another BBC plug is the Turkish Police murderer , they always refer to him as shouting "Remember Alleppo "
    Funny that because a video posted here on TD has the nutter shouting "Allah Agbar" whatever godly shit they shout.
    But remember "Alleppo "

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