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TechnologyNSA sets up task force to fight Russian election interference

00:35  15 august  2019
00:35  15 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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“I stood up a Russia group, a Russia Small Group, the RSG,” NSA chief General Paul Nakasone said on Saturday, confirming earlier media reports that the intelligence agency and the US Cyber Command are planning to coordinate efforts in combating cyber threats apparently emanating from Moscow.

The NSA and the US Cyber Command have created a special unit tasked with combating hacks and spying allegedly coming from “near-peer threat” Russia .

Paul Nakasone, the head of the NSA and US Cyber Command, said Wednesday a special task force has been created to focus on Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 election. Called the Russia Small Group, the task force is applying lessons that US intelligence agencies learned from fighting ISIS in cyberspace.

NSA sets up task force to fight Russian election interference© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A new task force has been created to protect US elections. Matt Anderson / Getty Images

"We [got] very, very smart on our adversary," Nakasone, who is also a four-star General in the Army, told NPR in a rare interview. The task force set up to fight ISIS did more than map out how the group used the internet to spread its beliefs, recruit people and raise money; it also hacked ISIS networks, locked down its social media accounts and took down its web infrastructure.

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"I stood up a Russia group, a Russia Small Group, the RSG," NSA chief General Paul Nakasone said on Saturday, confirming earlier media reports that the intelligence agency and the US Cyber Command are planning to coordinate efforts in combating cyber threats apparently emanating from Moscow.

And the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command have also expanded and made permanent their joint task force aimed at identifying, and stopping, Russian malign influence Intelligence officials have said Russia has kept up its interference operations since the 2016 election .

The Russia task force is also trying to replicate its success in the 2018 elections, which Nakasone said showed the nation's adversaries in cyberspace they should take the US's capabilities seriously.

"We'll be poised to act," Nakasone said. "We will impose costs on adversaries that attempt to impact our elections just as we did in 2018."

Nakasone's comments come as the US gears up for the 2020 presidential campaign, which will make election systems appealing targets for Russian hackers. Russia is believed to have targeted systems in all 50 states during the last presidential election, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee, although a report on the subject concluded there was no evidence votes had been changed. Russian operatives also posted politically divisive statements to Facebook and Twitter, part of an effort to sow social discord.

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“I stood up a Russia group, a Russia Small Group, the RSG,” NSA chief General Paul Nakasone said on Saturday, confirming earlier media reports Russia has always vehemently denied all accusations of election -meddling levied by the US. President Vladimir Putin recently rebuffed the notion that the

Election officials and the Department of Homeland Security set up a council to coordinate the response to threats, and the department offers security scans Cybersecurity experts praised Thursday’s briefing as an important step to bringing high-level focus to the fight against interference .

NSA sets up task force to fight Russian election interference© CNET

A new task force has been created to protect US elections.

Russian interference in the 2016 election was the subject of a report by Robert Mueller, who investigated the subject as special counsel.

McConnell Nixes Two Dem. Election-Security Bills.
Mitch McConnell on Thursday blocked votes on bills designed to combat election interference, accusing Democrats of pushing them for political purposes. © Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters after the weekly policy lunch on Capitol in Hill, May 14, 2019. McConnell rejected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request for consent to pass legislation approved by the House that funds the Election Assistance Commission and sets up a requirement to use paper ballots, calling it “partisan legislation.

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