A former Justice Department official who served in the Obama administration said European countries must be willing to respond forcefully to efforts by Russia or others to use cyber-attacks to meddle in their elections.
While the US was also aware that attacks were taking place they didn’t manage to stop Putin getting a bloke who owes him and his chums money from getting elected.
Former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who ran the national security division at the Justice Department and oversaw the pursuit of cyber criminals, said the United States did not do enough to deter the hacking and leaking of Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“What we did was too late. We weren’t bringing deterrence at all to the table.”
Carlin warned that countries with upcoming elections should be prepared to offer forceful and timely responses to cyber-attacks.
“Pre-election, it’s vital that not just the United States but partners like Germany, like France make it clear what the red line is, that there’s going to be strong deterrence and that in terms of deterrence, our policy has got to be we are going to take action until the action stops,” Carlin said.
Elections are set this year in European countries including France, Germany and the Netherlands.