What we know about how Russia combined cyberwar and infowar in 2016

A white-hat hacker explains how a Kremlin-backed campaign of hacking and propaganda helped pushed the American people farther apart.

The Soviet Union and now Russia under Vladimir Putin have waged a political power struggle against the West for nearly a century. Spreading false and distorted information–called dezinformatsiya after the Russian word for “disinformation”–is an age-old strategy for coordinated and sustained influence campaigns that have interrupted the possibility of level-headed political discourse. Emerging reports that Russian hackers targeted a Democratic senator’s 2018 reelection campaign suggest that what happened in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election may be set to recur.

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