So the FBI and Homeland Security just released a report saying Russian spy agencies were responsible for hacking all those internal emails from the Democratic National Committee. Julian Assange, on the other hand, is 1,000 percent sure Russia had nothing to do with that. Other smart people without cotton candy hair and pending rape charges also doubt Russian involvement. It’s one of those confusing debates that even the beardiest of computer nerds disagree on. So what’s going on here? Did Russia hack the 2016 election?
I struggle to work my smartphone’s alarm some mornings, so no, I don’t know if Russia “hacked” the election. But they sure as hell found a backdoor entrance to hack our democracy. They didn’t need an army of Mr. Robots – just an army of writers who knew how to generate clickable content. See, almost half of us get our news from links we see shared on Facebook. Which is why, during the election, articles like this flooded our social media like the banks of the Ganges.
That screengrab is from Russia Today, a Kremlin-run news agency. The Kremlin is basically Russia’s White House, which makes RT a Putin-run news agency. He’s using RT and a family of similar sites as the stage for a gritty reboot of Soviet-era tactics.