Former Cybersecurity Director: ‘Idiots’ Want to Attack Russia Over DNC Hack

Former Cybersecurity Director: ‘Idiots’ Want to Attack Russia Over DNC Hack | Warns blaming Russia is just ‘guessing’

Former White House Director for Cybersecurity Policy Chris Finan harshly criticized calls from officials to launch cyberattacks against Russia as “revenge” for their suspected involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, saying they are “idiots” and “aren’t thinking very creatively or critically.”

Finan warned there was a broad disconnect between rhetoric and what people assume is possible and the reality of the situation, adding that in practice, “you’re often guessing” on hacks. He added that a good attack wouldn’t leave behind much evidence, and would probably leave false evidence to try to implicate someone else.

He went on to say that even if the US decided it does want to implicate Russia for the hack, retaliatory cyberattacks are a bad idea, both because the US has been telegraphing such a move, and because there is no reason to think that such an anticipated move would actually serve as a deterrent.

Finan went on to say that such a move would be a political minefield, likely to appear as an attempt to help the Clinton campaign by shifting attention to the hack itself and not the content of the data that the hackers released.

A number of Democrats have not only presented the attack as obviously Russian in origin, despite the lack of evidence, but tried to spin this as evidence that the Trump campaign is basically of Russian manufacture. Finan warned this position could backfire, cautioning that the Democrats “look at the glass house you’re living in before you start throwing rocks.”

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  • RickR35

    Finally someone talking sense.

    • curmudgeonvt

      Unfortunately, he is a “former” not an active – they have relatively small audiences and very little influence. Ask Rudy…he went from mayor of “The City” to being a huckster waaaaay out there on the fringes.

  • survivor

    Democrats lIke establishment Republicans are lunatics and dangerous for all of us. They have this asinine reasoning that they can sh*t on the rest of the world and never expect it in return. We don’t know if Russia is behind it and for me who cares for at least someone is doing actual journalism on this corrupt regime of Hillary. But, the U.S. regime through NGOs and George Soros are constantly meddling in the internal affairs of all nations, including Russia. So, what goes around comes around.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      As a liberal I say if you can prove Putin was behind it, give him the Pulitzer.

  • Caesar_Saladin

    Why the Russians? Why not the Chinese- or better yet, the North Koreans? Hell, I’m sure if you enough liberals they will tell you that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are behind it all. Anything to deflect attention from the fact that the info was there to be hacked in the first place.

    • Bill Rood

      My only criticism of your comment is your use of the term “liberals.” Democrats, especially those in control of the Party, are not “liberals” in any sense of the word. They are corporatists through and through. That means 1) they don’t support labor or the working class and 2) they believe in government intervention on behalf of (not against) corporations.

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012

        The limousine liberals who support Hillary are only liberal until it effects their trust fund returns.

        They know all the slogans

        And it makes them feel good to say them