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So There Was a Cyberattack Against Russia in 2018

In an interview with Marc Thiessen of the Washington Post, President Donald Trump has confirmed that the US government had conducted a covert cyber attack against Russia in 2018. He specifically mentioned going after a troll farm known as Russia’s Internet Research Agency. According to him, the Agency supposedly interfered with both the 2016 presidential elections and the 2018 midterms.

When Thiessen asked President Trump if the US government had launched the attack, he simply replied, “Correct.” He then went on to state that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, knew that the Russians were meddling. However, according to President Trump, Obama didn’t elaborate on the topic because “he read phony polls. So, he thought [Hillary Clinton] was going to win.”

Obama did announce sanctions against the Russians in December 2016 as a response to Russia’s potential meddling in the election. Furthermore, he had expelled a few Russian diplomats. However, President Trump claimed that Obama did not act on the US intelligence regarding the potential Russian election tampering, unlike Trump’s own administration. “Look, we stopped it,” Trump stated in his interview with Thiessen.

This is the first official confirmation from Trump that the cyber attack against Russia took place in 2018. The goal of the operation was to take down the Agency, supposedly bankrolled by a Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. As Trump put it, they carried out the operation to prevent any interference in the midterms.

The President went on to state that this cyberattack was just one part of a broader policy to confront Putin and his administration. He told Thiessen that he had authorized sending anti-tank busters to Ukraine as another in the line of responses to Russian election and midterms interference. “Nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have,” he concluded.

Trump’s Earlier Confirmation Efforts

The Thiessen interview is the first time that President Trump has openly confirmed that there was a cyber attack. However, he did allude to it in a Fox News interview in June 2019, when talking to Steve Hilton. “I would rather not say that,” he stated, “but you can believe that the whole thing happened, and it happened during my administration.”

He went on to further elaborate that the PIAB didn’t like him talking about intelligence when Hilton asked him about not sharing the information regarding a potential cyber attack. He then went on to list all of the people that made him question the validity of the Advisory Board. Notable names included James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper. “I never believe that intelligence,” President Trump concluded.

CNN’s own Barbara Starr had also reported on the US military Cyber Command’s retaliation against the Russians. According to Starr, the Cyber Command was targeting Russian operatives in October 2018. They believed that these operatives were trying to tamper with the midterms. This retaliation was a part of a broad effort done in coordination with several key government agencies.

Marc Thiessen is a columnist for the Washington Post. He was also a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and the Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Online Sites Protected Against Hacking

Poker as an industry has been riddled with cheats since the game began. Now, instead of a cowboy with an ace up his sleeve, it is a computer wizard with the skill to hack into user accounts that we fear the most. Just how elaborate are these hackers and more importantly – how elaborate are the security systems in place on poker websites to protect against them? Legitimate online poker sites are fully registered, fully licensed and fully insured – if a hacker penetrates a website and extracts money from your account, the website can be held responsible for reimbursing your funds.

The war on hackers is not officially waged by poker sites, they simply fortify their service with the latest defensive technology just in case. The sporadic attacks from hackers for hire are often fended off but for the more sophisticated criminal groups – online poker is as susceptible as any other organisation. This is no reason to avoid the joys of online poker. Unless you are a real high-roller, the chance of a hacker targeting your account is extremely low – if they even get passed the defenses in the first place.

It is the same for any online service which requests your card details, in fact – because the major poker sites regularly prepare their defences against potential hacking, they are likely to be much safer than an independent online store. Again, this isn’t to say that hackers have free reign to enter whichever site they want and steal our money – they don’t. The high profile hackers may be capable of infiltrating online poker but these guys seem to disrupt services simply because they can – not to steal innocent (and low amounts of) money.

The safety net comes in the form of the provider’s insurance. Online poker is one of the most popular innovations of the st century and the introduction of D sites has catalyzed that popularity. Compensating for money loss through hacked accounts is the duty of the website – for the instances that involve in-game cheating, these can be countered by the users themselves. Avoiding Cheaters… The world of internet poker is rife with stories of bad beats – beats that can only be comprehended by blaming it on cheating.