March 21, 2017

Investigate Russia, but Congress also needs to deter the next hack

By Peter Harrell

Even as Congress and the FBI investigates Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, Congress urgently needs to act to prevent and deter Russia and other countries from intervening in future U.S. elections — starting with the 2018 congressional midtem elections.

The stark reality is that, viewed from Moscow, last year’s meddling worked. Regardless of whether Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta actually affected votes last November, Russia succeeded in undermining millions of Americans’ confidence in our electoral process and sent a blunt message to U.S. politicians and political operatives that they risk cyber attacks if they cross Moscow.

That success — combined the absence of any meaningful U.S. response to date — can only encourage Russia and other U.S. adversaries to try to subvert American elections in the future.

Read the full article at The Hill.

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