Russia is using cyber-hacks and “weaponizing misinformation” to undermine the West, the U.K. warned today.
“Today we see a country that, in weaponizing misinformation, has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery,” said defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon:
Fallon also accused the Russian government of routinely lying. “There is a special Russian word for this. Not maskirovka, the old deception perpetrated by its intelligence agencies, but vranyo, where the listener knows the speaker is lying and the speaker knows the listener knows he is lying but keeps lying anyway.”
The warning came after a U.S. Senate subcommittee announced an investigation into Russia’s alleged hacking.
“Our goal is simple — to the fullest extent possible we want to shine a light on Russian activities to undermine democracy,” said Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) — who oversee the Judiciary Committee’s subpanel on crime and terrorism.