A Facebook posting released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called “Being Patriotic.”
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WASHINGTON: Encrypted messages.This is the new reality for candidates running in 2018, scared of email hacks and elaborate misinformation schemes like the ones Russia used to disrupt the 2016 campaign.Leaders with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the NRCC negotiated last year on a coordinated defense against hacks and cyberattacks, but the talks crumbled last summer amid accusations from both sides of grandstanding on the issues, according to Democratic and Republican officials familiar with the effort.The deeper problem, say cybersecurity experts advising campaigns, is that while hacks and phishing attempts can be blocked, misinformation is more amorphous and harder to curtail.Now, with the 2018 vote looming for hundreds of candidates for governor and the House and Senate, it's a cautionary tale about the perils of a new political landscape filled with bots, trolls and even "cyborgs" – real people blasting from dozens of social media accounts at a time.Mueller's indictment of the Russian nationals and companies two weeks ago outlined an effort that was mostly aimed at helping Trump and hurting Clinton.Terry Sullivan, Rubio's campaign manager in 2016, said the campaign noticed misinformation online but didn't suspect it was from Russians.
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