On Thursday a first hearing on possible Russian meddling during the American election campaign was held with a committee in the US Senate.
CNN: “..There were upwards of 1,000 paid Internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a ‘botnet,’ ” -Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Wednesday – “If you Googled ‘election hacking’ leading up to the election and immediately afterwards, you wouldn’t get Fox or ABC, The New York Times, what you got is four out of the first five news stories that popped up were Russian propaganda . “
According to BBC the same Warner said: “.. They did this with an unprecedented level of sophistication.”
In this way the senator sounds as an echo of “Radio Echo Moscow’s” chief editor Alexei Venediktov, when he, some five years ago, described the Russian hackers DDoS attacks during the Duma elections in 2011, with these words: “..the attack..was prepared .. with great sensitivity and expertise “.
What then, had taken place?
(Quote from the previously linked article in russian:) “On the day of parliamentary elections December 4 several large Russian informational resources were exposed to hacker attacks. ‘Echo Moscow,’ ‘Kommersant’, ‘Sion.ru’, ‘Bolshoi Gorod’ magazine – but also ‘New York Times’, and ‘ Golos’ , a monitoring organization’s website and its main Internet project ‘Map over transgressions’ , ceased to function “.
“Golos” , what I know, subsequently had to put down both its site and all their operations in Russia. They fell under the biased law about “foreign agents“.
Does Russian hackers really play such a great role in global governance, these days ? “No“, says Putin. Well ..