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7 Ways to Get Through the Next Few Days

It starts with believing in, and then protecting, our electoral system.
Olivia Locher for The New York Times

By Laura Rosenberger
Ms. Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
Nov. 2, 2020

Americans have heard a lot about threats to the 2020 election. But one of the greatest threats may be a loss of faith in our electoral system itself . . . .

U.S. Cyber Command Expands Operations to Hunt Hackers From Russia, Iran and China

Building on a 2018 effort, Cyber Command sent teams to Europe, the Middle East and Asia to learn more about how adversaries could threaten the election this year.
Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

By Julian E. Barnes
Nov. 2, 2020

FORT MEADE, Md. — The United States Cyber Command expanded its overseas operations aimed at finding foreign hacking groups before the election on Tuesday, an effort to identify not only Russian tactics but also those of China and Iran, military officials said.

A ‘Perception Hack’: When Public Reaction Exceeds The Actual Hack

By Greg Myre
November 1, 2020 – 8:41 AM ET

(AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

A Russian group acquired U.S. voter data in at least a couple of states. The Iranians reportedly did the same. President Trump’s campaign website was briefly defaced.

As expected, this election season has brought a series of computer breaches and disinformation efforts coming from other countries. So how do we sort out the serious threats from mere cyber mischief?

Beat Russia’s election endgame by keeping the faith

Russian groups may well sow chaos and doubt about the integrity of the election results.
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By Josh Rudolph
1:30 AM on Oct 31, 2020 CDT

Soviet adage suggests Westerners play chess proficiently through the opening and middlegame, only to be overtaken by a surprisingly offensive Soviet endgame. In the days ahead, Russia might stage a come-from-behind endgame attack in the aftermath of the U.S. election, promoting division and doubt in our democracy by contributing to a false narrative that the contest was “rigged” . . . .

No matter who wins the election, disinformation will still poison our democracy

Treating it as a partisan problem undersells its true dangers.
(Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

By Nina Jankowicz
Nina Jankowicz is the disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center and the author of “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict.”
Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

Disinformation’s skeptics and defenders always have the same shtick.

In 2017, I interviewed a man who spent months spreading falsehoods about Ukraine. “Fake news might be a new term,” he told me, “but it has been there all the time, throughout history” . . . .