“Hybrid threat”: US and Europe want to fake news and cyber combat several EU and NATO countries

agreed to set up a center to combat cyber attacks and other emerging threats in the Finnish capital of Helsinki – such as the dissemination of false information and propaganda. In addition to the United States initially eight European countries participate in the Foundation, and more countries to join in July.

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that are too defensive threats defined as non-military “hybrid attacks”, including among according to NATO in addition to political, diplomatic and economic measures also cyber attacks and misinformation. The joint efforts come to fend off underway, after Russia was accused during the presidential elections in the United States, to have influenced the election outcome by the targeted distribution of fake news.

that threw US Government Russia also politically motivated cyber attacks before, after the release of specifically selected emails of above parties. Russian hackers to have gained also access voter database in United States .

also the German Government warned German parties attacks of hacker, after staff and politicians from several parties last year were targeted by hackers in August. Target is a “foreign power” unless the parties to spy out to exert influence on the upcoming election.

the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are the founding decision for the Intelligence Center. The site in Finland was probably not chosen at random, because it has a 1300-kilometer border with Russia. The Finland occupied earlier by Russia reported last year by intensified propaganda attacks from the neighbouring country.

“hybrid strategy is international cohesion and the toughness of our societies to the test”, said Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini at a press conference. “Hybrid activities have become a permanent part of the European security environment.”

in the new Centre should according to NATO experts from Member States are working to increase awareness of hybrid threats and counter misinformation with facts. It is initially equipped with an annual budget of EUR 1.5 million, which Finland carries half as host.

[withmaterialbyZackWhittaker ZDNet.com ]

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