U.S. not coordinating against Russian hacking threat: top general

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 9, 2018

A leading American General has slammed the ability of the United States to effectively combat Russia's cyber threats. This is according to Supreme Allied Commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, from a meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

"I don't believe there's an effective unification across the interagency, with the energy and the focus that we could attain", Scaparrotti said.

US intelligence agencies determined that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election to boost Trump, the Republican candidate.

That group is best known for hacking the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and releasing sensitive documents including internal emails ahead of the 2016 USA presidential election.

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U.S. not coordinating against Russian hacking threat: top general

"We're in close discussion with Turkey with respect to their air defense measures and systems they could deploy", he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the committee, whether he believed the different parts of the government had a coordinated effort to confront Russia's cyberthreat.

"We're getting a better understanding of it, (but) I would not characterise it as a good picture at this point, not satisfactory to me", he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Russian Federation has always denied it had meddled or interfered in the US Presidential election in 2016.

When asked whether Russia was directly targeting the United States with cyber and information warfare, Scaparrotti said he had seen Russian activity related to infrastructure within the United States, but did not provide more details.

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