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As the G-7 gathered last weekend in Biarritz, President Trump has expressed hope for the return of Russia, the missing guest at the table.U.S. Cyber Command launched this "hunt forward" campaign last summer to deter Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.The invisible cyberwar continues, with Cyber Command dispatching teams to work with key allies to identify and expose Russian malware.A senior defense official provided new details of this operation in an interview this week.The push began in May 2018, when then-Defense Secretary James Mattis tasked Gen. Paul Nakasone, the newly appointed head of Cyber Command, to work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to defend the midterm elections.The Pentagon has disclosed three countries where Cyber Command teams were deployed: Ukraine, Montenegro and Macedonia.In October and November, 10 of these malware tools were posted online, and a half-dozen more have been added since, the defense official said.Cyber Command's forward-deployed campaign will continue to protect the 2020 election, the defense official said.
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