I guess Russian hackers aren't scary after all

Russian hackers are the greatest threat to our once great democracy. Or so we've been told. It's the primary reason behind the economic sanctions, our foreign policy, and Democratic konspiracy theories.
Since it is supposedly this important, and this hard to defend against, a collective, international effort is called for.

The Trump administration soon will complete the final draft of a broad “cyber deterrence strategy” that will recognized that no single agency or country can do this alone. The White House believes this requires a “portfolio approach,” said White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce.

The strategy will emphasize international alliances and collaboration between government agencies, said Joyce, who is one of the administration’s foremost authorities on cybersecurity, having spent 27 years at the NSA.

That makes logical sense...if you think we are under siege by Russian hackers, like we've been told.
On the other hand, if you think the narrative that we are innocent victims is total bullsh*t, then this makes a lot more sense.

Fifty nations and over 150 tech companies pledged Monday to do more to fight criminal activity on the internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. But the United States, Russia and China are not among them.

The group of governments and companies pledged in a document entitled the "Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace" to work together to prevent malicious activities like online censorship and the theft of trade secrets.

The push is supported by EU countries, Japan and Canada as well as tech giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft, among others.

Suddenly "international alliances and collaboration between government agencies" to save our sacred elections isn't important enough to be bothered with.
Now if this was "proof" that Trump was konspiring with Russia, then where is the outrage from Democrats?
A cynic might be incline to think that not only are we not innocent victims, but that we may even be the bad guys.

President Donald Trump has reportedly removed restraints on how and when the US can launch cyberattacks on its adversaries — and it could make attacks on other countries more likely.
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Well, I am afraid that the Russia hysteria is going be around for as long as it is profitable. But seemed hard to insert the Russians into the election results this time around. I doubt if anybody was going to believe that the Russians were behind Georgia gop voter suppression of black people. Though I read that in the final Texas senate debate Beto O'Rourke used the Russiagate card.

Looks like democratic party leadership in the House will do their best to keep the Russiagate flame alive. And the current narrative has evolved to impossible to prove or disprove charges of "sowing division". But then the Brits are innovating in this area charging half of the Russians living in London are Russian agent/snitches. (Although the people making the charges got the population numbers wrong.)

I am surprised though that by now I would have expected a Russian malware detector to have entered the general consumer market.

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The big bullies are already knee deep in the crap. Sheesh. This isn't cyber security, except for the multinationals and governments that run it.

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Listen to your higher mind.

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to interfere with the election. I know right? How the hell does this make sense? Beats me, but let's ask Michael Hayden.

Hysteria over Jade Helm exercise in Texas was fueled by Russians, former CIA director says

Gov. Greg Abbott's decision in 2015 to ask the Texas State Guard to monitor a federal military exercise prompted significant criticism. A former CIA director said Wednesday that the move emboldened Russians to next target elections.

Hysteria over Jade Helm exercise in Texas was fueled by Russians, former CIA director says

Gov. Greg Abbott's decision in 2015 to ask the Texas State Guard to monitor a federal military exercise prompted significant criticism. A former CIA director said Wednesday that the move emboldened Russians to next target elections.

A former director of the CIA and NSA said Wednesday that hysteria in Texas over a 2015 U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm was fueled by Russians wanting to dominate “the information space,” and that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation gave them proof of the power of such misinformation campaigns.

Michael Hayden, speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast, chalked up peoples’ fear over Jade Helm 15 to “Russian bots and the American alt-right media [that] convinced many Texans [Jade Helm] was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”

Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the federal exercise soon after news broke of the operation. Hayden said that move gave Russians the go-ahead to continue — and possibly expand — their efforts to spread fear.

“At that point, I’m figuring the Russians are saying, ‘We can go big time,’” Hayden said of Abbott's response. “At that point, I think they made the decision, ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.’”

Gawd I love revisionism of past historical events just as much as the next guy, but how the hell does he make this leap? BTW. Did you know that most of us were Russian bots and that we only joined DK back in the early ouwts to lay (lie?) in wait for Herheinous to run for president? Yeppers! I've seen this type of comment more than once. Me a Russian bot? Neyt!

As MrWebster stated, Russia Gate is not going away any time soon. But to blame things that happened years ago is just plain stupid! But when has stupidly stopped the government?

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@snoopydawg As in "let sleeping dogs *lie*"

Did you know that most of us were Russian bots and that we only joined DK back in the early ouwts to lay (lie?) in wait for Herheinous to run for president?

Note: this is a comment on grammar. One should never put up with politicians lying, whether they are standing or in repose.

Note #2: The "let sleeping dogs" thing is a historically pertinent thing-a-ma-jig that is not meant as a misogynistic swipe at Hillary Clinton.

Sorry, a minor subcomment turned into a bit of a rant...cheers!

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@peachcreek

Smile

I seem to get confused lately on some wordings. Too long from schooling or too much information in my brain that is hard to access? Maybe a bit of both.

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Nuff said.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

sides have plenty of the bad guys.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are taking pledges to do good? LMAO.

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dfarrah