Sunday, October 16, 2016

Of Course You Realize, This Means Cyber-War

Rejecting the notion that more people die from bathtub slip and falls than from Russian hacking, our president has decided to go after the Russians:

The Central Intelligence Agency reportedly is preparing a major cyber attack against Russia in response to the theft of records from the Democratic National Committee and its affiliates, allegedly by Moscow-backed hackers.

Vice President Joe Biden told NBC News, which first reported that the Obama administration was considering retaliatory measures, that the U.S. would be "sending a message" to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden added that any cyber action would come "at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact."

I assume the CIA is tasked with this because our military would prefer not to reveal the cyber-cards in our hand so we can preserve them for use in wartime if it comes to that.

I wonder if the CIA will subcontract this work to outsiders or do the work themselves?

Maybe the CIA will find Hillary Clinton's missing emails over there.

UPDATE: Wikileaks released some rather dull emails from President Obama, back when he was a candidate:

The correspondence includes some early discussions about his potential Cabinet as well as a memo about his possible participation in the G-20 summit if elected.

Of course, coming from the Russians, the point of the release isn't the contents of the emails. The point is to display that the Russians have the president's emails.

Is this a Russian strike to preempt our announced cyber-assault by letting our president know that the cyber-war doesn't end after we counter-attack?