tech2 News StaffDec 19, 2016 16:53:56 IST
US intelligence analysts working for the CIA have come to the conclusion that Russian hackers helped Trump with the 2016 elections. There was a sustained campaign to leak information that could only hurt the prospects of Hillary Clinton. Republican Senator John McCain has said that the election hacks are a threat that can "destroy democracy." US president Barack Obama has ordered a review into the cyber attacks that apparently helped Trump win. The FBI is supporting the CIA conclusion that Russia interfered in the election.
Facebook faced criticism for the lack of control over the information disseminated over the social media platform in the wake of a surprise Trump victory. Facebook denies that the fake news on the platform helped Trump win the elections. Trump says that Twitter and Facebook helped him win. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a series of steps to reduce the amount of Fake News that spreads on the platform.
The threats of information warfare, the effects of targeted posts affecting a campaign and the dangers of external threats affecting the democratic process, were all pointed out three years ago by the tech chief of Obama's presidential campaign, according to a report in Recode. Harper Reed had given a previously unpublished TED talk. Reed outlined some of the new measures they had taken to safeguard the security of the campaign and discussed what could have gone wrong if the hackers had compromised the campaign — they would have disrupted the elections.
Reed revealed that in 2008, both the McCain and the Obama campaigns were hacked by an unidentified foreign entity. Reed also warned that in the next presidential elections, cyber attacks will be a real threat. Reed said that while they had taken steps to ensure that the Obama campaign was not compromised, he was not sure about the safety of future campaigns. It looks like Reed's fears have come true.
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