A book on US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) sits on a bookshelf beside one about Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a book store in Beijing on November 4, 2016. AFP / GREG BAKER
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Last summer, investigators plowing through the thousands of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee uncovered a clue.The CIA was asked, according to an NBC report on Oct. 14, "to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging 'clandestine' cyberoperation designed to harass and 'embarrass' the Kremlin leadership".But as both sides begin arming their cyberweapons, it is critical for the public to be confident that the evidence is really there, and to understand the potential consequences of a tit-for-tat cyberwar escalating into a real war.The Shadow Brokers also discussed Obama's threat of cyberretaliation against Russia. Yet they seemed most concerned that the CIA, rather than the NSA or Cyber Command, was given the assignment. That could then trigger a major retaliatory cyberattack against the U.S. cyberinfrastructure, which would call for another reprisal attack potentially leading to Clarke's fear of a cyberwar triggering a conventional war.
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