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Monday, February 19, 2018

Epidemic phobia “Russian hackers” has spread to Europe


After the statement of Barack Obama supporting the report of the U.S. intelligence services about “Russian hackers”, European politics and media began to harp on the subject of cyber attacks. Among the targets of hacker attacks, we refer to servers of the Commission and the power system of Germany. What role will the media hysteria over the “Russian threat” in the upcoming elections in Germany and France?

Brussels saw a surge “of more and more dangerous” cyberattacks in Europe. Concern about the potential interference of Russia in European politics is growing, reports The Financial Times.

“The reports of special services of the Russian hackers are after Islamic terrorists and right-wing radicals”

According to this publication, only in the past year of 2016 was made 110 attempt to hack the servers of the European Commission – 20% more than in 2015. Financial Times sees in the incident the trail of Russian hackers and claims: in the coming months, supposedly Moscow may intervene in the French and German elections. In confirmation of this statement, the FT recalls that U.S. intelligence agencies have accused the Kremlin of hacking into the email of the democratic party ahead of presidential elections in the United States.

In Brussels, which contains confidential information about the 28 member States of the EU and the governance of the Eurozone have intensified security measures to combat the growing threat. In particular, according to the Financial Times, the European Commission is now expanding cooperation on cyber security with NATO. Most alarming are the cyber attacks that seek to “undermine confidence in our democracy,” said European Commissioner for security sir Julian king (by the way, represents leaving the European Union Britain).

European officials did not directly say that the main source of threats is considered to be Russia, but we are talking about her, explains the Financial Times.

In Germany complain of “feeling of insecurity”

The threat of cyber attacks seriously alarmed, and the German MPs. So, the head of the faction of the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD) in the Bundestag Thomas Opperman urged the Minister of internal Affairs of Germany Thomas de maizière, to strengthen the cyber security of the Federal office for security in information technology (BSI), as he said in an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Opperman reminded the leaders of various social networks about the need to be as vigilant and delete posts of hatred for 24 hours.

Earlier in March this year, the Federal protection service of the German Constitution reported that the hacker group Sofacy, which are supposedly the Russian intelligence FSB and GRU, preparing an attack on the German energy sector, were transferred to Deutsche Welle.

The purpose of the attack is to knock down the German plant and the mains. According to the newspaper, the hacker group Sofacy has organized a major attack on the website of the German government in the spring of 2015. In this regard, the Deputy of the Bundestag, Burkhard Liska did not rule out that the Russian authorities want to increase the sense of insecurity among the citizens of Germany, stated DW.

“Russian cyberslam was part of this campaign”

Earlier on Monday, the outgoing President of the USA Barack Obama once again endorsed the statements by US intelligence on the “Russian hackers”.

“I think the report set out all clear,” Obama said, noting that Moscow was trying to “interfere in the electoral process, which took place cyberslam committed by the Russians, was part of this campaign.” The American President added that Moscow “was a clear preference” in the question of the results of the American elections.

Although US intelligence agencies are not always fully confident in their conclusions, at this time the degree of confidence was “high,” admitted Obama. He stressed that, “after reviewing some basic sources and information, which they (US intelligence agencies) was based” supported the report. The head of the us administration urged to “pay attention” elections in NATO countries.

“You begin to believe that from Russia comes a new danger”

“The election campaign in Germany began. The theme of the Russian cyber attacks on MS Merkel, the German society today is really featured and discussed in the media,” – said the newspaper VIEW, the German scientist, scientific Director of the German-Russian forum Alexander Rahr.

Wave of information attacks by Western media on Rossiya to the German experts, statements about the “Russian hackers” are connected with “the revenge of Obama administration against the Putin administration. This topic is now raised artificially. The German media, the German establishment are in the Wake of us policy to use this tool, including the work of the intelligence services, to lead the confrontation with Russia,” said the source.

It is impossible to say that the trend of intimidation, “the Russian hackers” are ineffective, the source said. “I can see it in how people react on social networks Facebook, readers’ letters in the media… said Rahr. – Half of the population begins to believe that Russia is based on a new huge risk. Another part of society that does not believe, even alienated from their own government, because he understands that it his own gaps, his weakness wants to shift on to other shoulders. It becomes more obvious.”

Meanwhile, the media who want to believe it, “dominates the negative euphoria of the cold war”. “Just hysterical. You can write anything, all the blame on Russia, – said the expert. – This is a dangerous moment. It spoils relationships that have developed over the last decade.”

However, PAP did not rule out changes in European politics after the rise to power of Donald trump – according to him, inflating Russian threats can “come to naught”. “Because how can the subject of thumb? There is no evidence. Many of the conclusions American, German intelligence services are so frivolous that the majority of the public does not take them seriously”, – concluded the expert.

“Guilty,” and the blackout

Leading researcher of the Center for German studies Institute of Europe Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Kamkin pointed out that for Germany the theme of the unwinding of the cyber threat from Russia is not new.

“If you look at the reports of the German security service – the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution (BVT), we see that industrial cyber threats and terrorism associated with high technology are considered as one of the major threats to national security. Iranian, Chinese and Russian hackers are in these reports somewhere after Islamic terrorists and right-wing radicals”, – said Kamkin the newspaper VIEW.

The expert noted that the idea about the Russian cyber threat filed by the American partners, went to Germany on a well fertilized soil demonization of Russia as a power, a leading industrial espionage and vvedeniya German secrets in the field of high technologies.

“Let me remind you that last year it was discussed that Russian hackers allegedly tried to arrange the Germans “blackout”, by sabotaging the local power plant. Now add to this the effects of Russian cyber-attacks on the upcoming elections,” – said Kamkin.

Expert-Germanist believes that during the election campaign in Germany to speculate on the topic of “Putin’s hackers” are first and foremost the Euro-Atlantic powers, such as the party of Angela Merkel’s CDU, as well as “Green”. “Rating of Angela Merkel is now close to zero, it is necessary to address the external threats. But the appeal Opperman suggests that the two main competitors in the election – the SPD and CDU reach foreign policy consensus on the question of the Russian threat. So, most likely, the Russian threat will exploit both parties, and the discussion will unfold around the internal issues,” – says Kamkin.

In France, it will not work

Specialist in France, senior researcher, Institute of universal history Russian Academy of Sciences Yevgeny Osipov told the newspaper VIEW that in France, the Russian hackers, as, indeed, the influence of Russian intelligence services in domestic politics, are also discussed widely.

“In the first days of the new year in the French newspaper Le Monde published a long article, which tells about the influence of Russia in Western media. But while that all this wide anti-Russian campaign reaching at the level of press, does not affect the state structures”, – said the expert.

Also Osipov believes that this map will play out in the election campaign and is likely to have ties with Russia or the “Russian hackers” of the ruling socialists are accusing marine Le Pen and françois Fillon. However, the expert noted that the results of the election primaries and polls show that the French such an information campaign has no effect on the outcome of the election such as stuffing and statements will not be affected. “The French are tired of forcing relations with Russia and want to focus on solving the internal issues,” he explained.

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