John Naughton: Hack attack on Democrats is the future face of war | John Naughton

If the Russians were behind the attack on the Democrat convention – and the evidence suggests they were – this represents a major shift in Putin’s military doctrine

Last month, it was discovered that the computer networks of the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) had been penetrated by two sets of intruders, who appear to have been unaware of one another’s activities. The hackers seem to have been able to do whatever they liked, including accessing the DNC’s email servers. As a result, some (perhaps most) DNC emails found their way into the public domain via a number of routes, including WikiLeaks.

It’s been dubbed Watergate 2.0. And as in 1972, the key questions are: who were the burglars? What were their motives?

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