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Think hacking’s bad now? You ain’t seen nothing yet

An organisation could launch a devastating attack—and then control the way it is interpreted by society

By Andrei Soldatov & Irina Borogan  

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Virginia, USA, ©Pool/ABACA USA/PA Images

Since the early 1990s, governments have been aware of cyberthreats and their potentially devastating consequences. But initially, they identified the threats in different ways.

The American government was concerned with a possible attack against the country’s infrastructure—powerplants, nuclear stations, transport systems and so on.

The Russian government took a different view.…

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