The Obama administration has a new problem with its high-profile smackdown of Russia for cyberattacks
The case for Russia hacking the election loses credibility with each new false news hacking story that the mainstream media has run with. Just lime the boy who cried WOLF!, the believe-ability factor keeps trending downward. To top all that off, the intelligence community cannot get an intelligent consensus on what did or did not happen to who or whom.
As Written By CORY BENNETT and ERIC GELLER for POLITICO:
The Obama administration has a new problem with its high-profile smackdown of Russia for cyberattacks: False positives.
The hyped — and quickly deflated — news reports alleging Kremlin-backed hacking of the U.S. electric grid have stoked fears among cyber specialists that a flurry of false accusations against Russia will follow, as U.S. companies respond to the administration’s request that they search for possible Russian-linked cyberattacks on their systems. And those easily debunked tales could sow doubts about all hacking allegations against Russia — undermining the administration’s arguments that it has solid evidence Vladimir Putin’s regime used digital mischief to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
False positives could also play into the hands of President-elect Donald Trump, who has scoffed at the accusations about Russian election-meddling. Last week, he told reporters that “nobody knows exactly what’s going on” when it comes to cyberattacks. At the very least, it threatens to cloud the debate, said several cyber-savvy lawmakers.
“There has been some false reporting out there and obviously that kind of inflames the issue,” said House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who believes Russia was behind the election hacks and has long warned of Moscow’s nefarious digital plots…..
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