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Hacked off: Why Russia might target US

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>> Why would Russia want to hack the US Democratic Party? A cache of emails released by WikiLeaks had the hallmarks of Russian hackers. That's the increasingly vocal view of the Obama administration. The subtext, the Kremlin might be meddling in America's presidential election. Reuters' Moscow bureau chief Christian Lowe says the evidence isn't damning but Russia does have motive.
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>> It's important to point out that there's no direct evidence of Russian involvement or of Russian state involvement. The evidence is circumstantial but experts on cybersecurity say it is compelling evidence. Russian officials have responded to this by flatly denying it. They've said over several days now that these accusations are nonsense.
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That there is no proof. So while we don't have evidence that Russia was involved, what we can say is this. Russian officials, led by President Vladimir Putin, have been saying for some time that they believe that they themselves have come under concerted cyberattacks from foreign states. Russian officials, starting with Putin, have also said that they're not going to stand by and watch these attacks happen.
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They say they are going to take decisive steps to respond. Part of that will be defensive, improving Russia's defenses against cyberattacks. But also I think it's safe to assume that they will also be proactive. And there's a pattern here. When Russia senses that it's under attack, particularly during Vladimir Putin's rule, then it retaliates in kind.
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He is fond of using the phrase symmetric response. I think it's safe to assume that something similar will be happening in terms of cybersecurity and cyberattacks. So Russia feels it is under attack, and it will reciprocate in kind.