Political scientist: US prepares information attacks against Russia before Olympics

12.01.2018, Moscow.

New fake news stories about activity by “Russian hackers” are being spread in order to discredit Russia during the Olympic Games, political scientist Mikhail Smolin said, RIA Novosti reported on January 12.

Previously, a US-based cybersecurity company, ThreatConnect, accused the Fancy Bears hacker group of registering some domains in December 2017 similar to those owned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the US Anti-Doping Agency, and the Olympic Council of Asia. The US experts believe that these domains can be used for cyberattacks against these organizations and third parties.

“I think that these kinds of information attacks on the part of the US are additional preparation for possible further pressure on Russia. The US present any hacker attacks as Russian, Chinese, or North Korean, whichever they currently want to expose to an information attack,” Smolin said.

He believes that the US prepares some additional opportunities in order to be able to say that “The Russians want to interfere with the international doping control sports organizations to adjust something for their athletes”.

However, Smolin postulates that this could be done by a group working for the US itself in order to execute certain actions and then blame Russia.

As the Rossa Primavera Information Agency previously reported, the Fancy Bears hacker group published correspondence between two high-ranking officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) discussing deliberate pressure against the Russian national team. The IOC’s Director of Legal Affairs, Howard Stupp noted that Richard McLaren, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Commission, was told to discredit Russian athletes and the entire IOC system.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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