The Russian hacking efforts against the West is well designed and planned. The Russian concept of maskirovka has expanded from traditional military aspects of denial and deception to information warfare and cyber psychological operations. Imagine you have hacked a target not knowing exactly what you will find. The plan is to extract information from the initial target, examine the information, recalibrate, replan, while setting new actions of disinformation in play. We believe that the data inside the DNC emails has not yet been fully exploited. It would behoove the DNC and other US officials to examine every syllable of every word to determine what was exposed, determine what the Russians may do with this data, and plan to proactively counter the deception that will come from the Russians. The hacking was but one facet of a larger plan by Putin and his inner circle to disrupt, deceive, influence, and exploit weaknesses in the US including political and social beliefs and movements. EU countries are also targeted especially those with upcoming elections. Their actions have been very effective. Treadstone 71 Training 2017
There is a collective lack of institutional memory among target audiences, namely the West – a significant proportion of which had not even been born when Soviet subversion was a concern – therefore, they don’t have the level of knowledge and subsequent paranoia of baby boomers who used to hide under their classroom desktops in atomic bomb drills. Russia has invested hugely in enabling factors to adapt the principles of subversion to the internet age. These new Russian investments cover internally and externally focused media with a substantial online presence, of which RT and Sputnik are the best-known but only two examples; Use of social media and online forums as a force multiplier to ensure Russian narratives achieve broad reach and penetration; and language skills, to engage with target audiences on a broad front in their language.