U.S Cyber Command is developing these measures in case Moscow intervenes in the 2020 election
Moscow’s interference was investigated by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
In the spring of 2019, Robert Mueller published a final report, from which it followed that there was no conspiracy between Trump and Moscow in connection with the elections, but there was Russian interference, including through Internet trolls.
The United States is working on an information war tactic that can be used to counter Russia’s potential interference in the 2020 elections, according to the U.S officials.
According to the U.s, the US Cyber Command (CyberCom) is preparing a strategy that will be directed against senior Russian officials, heads of security services and, possibly, some oligarchs. It is assumed that they will be sent messages demonstrating that Americans have access to a specific system or account with their personal information that could harm them. The message will warn the target that if the interference in the elections does not stop, then they will have consequences. It is also noted that the distribution of messages will be accompanied by “limited cyber operation.”
Another possible strategy is to disseminate misinformation aimed at exploiting rivalry among Russian power elites. At the same time, sources noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin, most likely, will not be the target of CyberCom, because it is “too provocative.”
Reports from the U.S indicate that the strategy being developed does not involve attempts to influence Russian society as a whole because of the low effectiveness of such measures.
It is noted that any operation planned by the US Cyber Command will be considered by other departments, including the State Department and the CIA, and will require the approval of the Secretary of Defense.
Alles Europa news reports that this is the first time the United States conducted offensive cyber operations against Russia after 2018 during the midterm elections. The US Cyber Command’s goal was the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which was allegedly “simply sent offline.”
In addition, “trolls, as well as hackers who work for the Russian military intelligence of the GRU,” were sent out messages demonstrating that the US knew their real names and Internet pseudonyms.
U.S has also compares this part of the operation of 2018 with the new strategy that CyberCom intends to apply during the upcoming presidential election.
Russian footprint in American elections.
Shortly before the US presidential election in 2016, and then after Donald Trump, they began to accuse of conspiring with Moscow for the election of the president.
American intelligence agencies accused the Russian state of involvement in the hacking of the servers of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the summer of 2016 and of dumping open access to the correspondence of the Democrats.
Subsequently, the US Department of Justice imposed sanctions on alleged employees of the Russian special services suspected of involvement in this hacking.