“As well as other US actions in the framework of cyberwar, the efforts to block Russia’s actions shrouded in mystery. However, as far as we know, these efforts included warnings to suspects Russian hackers in the spirit of the ominous phrase, which is found in many detective and spy thrillers: “We know where you live,” writes the columnist David Ignatius.
Since last fall, before the midterm elections, the U.S. cyber command, the beginning of contact involved in the operations of the Russians – for example, representatives of the Agency’s Internet research, which had allegedly participated in coordination of the campaign of Moscow to intervene in the presidential elections of 2016. The obvious purpose of these actions is to notify people that their cover is exposed and that their actions can jeopardize their ability to work and travel.
American officials believe that efforts to block Russian “exhausted” some of the Russians targeted by the campaign, and may have prevented some part of the intervention during the midterm elections.
One unexpected public confirmation of the campaign of warnings did Eugene Zubarev, the Director of Federal news Agency, located in St. Petersburg. Prosecutors of the Ministry of justice suggested that an informational website Zubarev, known by the abbreviation the FAN is in the same in charge of the secret activities of the network, and the online exploration thing.
The catalog of potential Russian agents that may be targets of such warnings, of United States cyber command, is contained in the indictment, released in October, which described the role of the Russian accountant in the implementation of the conspiracy to sow division and contradiction in the American political system.” In this indictment lists the company-a cover for the alleged operation to political interference, including FAN and 14 other companies, through accounts which were funded by this activity.
The doctrine of cyber command, according to which assumed more aggressive actions against Russian manipulation was described by General Flooring Nakasone, commander of the unit, in the current issue of the journal Joint Force Quaterly. In his words, previous efforts to fight the enemies that penetrated the American networks or on web sites, “did not work”, and now the United States should “take the offensive” and “purposeful contact” with these opponents in terms of what he called “defense at the forefront”. Describing the work of the Russia Small Group, the combined group of the intelligence community in countering Russian intervention in elections in 2018, Nakasone said: “We always keep in contact with our adversaries in cyberspace”(…) Direct message to Russian agents are part of a campaign for the dissemination of warnings”.
Nakasone likened the approach of “defense at the forefront” the fact that naval vessels operate in the sea rather than remain in port, and air force aircraft patrol the skies, and not idle at the airport. “We’d rather kill the shooter than to evade the arrows,” so categorically said this strategy one cyberexperts.