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With little public fanfare, U.S. Cyber Command, the military's new center for combating electronic attacks against the United States, has launched operations to deter and disrupt Russians who have been meddling with the U.S. political system. Like other U.S. cyberwar activities, this effort against Russia is cloaked in secrecy. Beginning last fall, before the midterm elections, Cyber Command began directly contacting Russians who were linked to operations, such as those with the Internet Research Agency, which allegedly helped coordinate Moscow's campaign to subvert the 2016 presidential election. Some of these operatives and contractors may have been among those pinged by Cyber Command.Cyber Command's doctrine in more aggressively targeting Russian manipulation was outlined by Gen. Paul Nakasone, its commander, in the current issue of Joint Force Quarterly.In combating Russian information operations last year, Cyber Command and the NSA are said to have furnished information they had obtained about Russian trolling and passed it to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, which then warned social-media platforms and other organizations to counter the threats.
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