Is Hillary right?
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has promoted the use of cyberattacks against Russia following the military invasion initiated by Russia. In reference to a hacktivist group known as Anonymous, which recently announced a cyberattack on a Russian state media site, Clinton advocated that those who “believe in freedom” should try to use cyber warfare both to undermine Russian institutions and to aid Ukraine.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, she said “There were reports overnight that Anonymous, a group of hackers, took down Russian TV,” further adding. “I think that people who love freedom, people who understand that our way of life depends upon supporting those who believe in freedom as well, could be engaged in cyber support for those in the streets and Russia. We did some of that during the Arab Spring when I was secretary of state. I think we could be also attacking a lot of the government institutions and, again, the oligarchs and their way of life through cyberattacks.”
Clinton, who has notably previously accused Russia of interfering with the 2016 presidential election, has acknowledged that there are many difficulties in physically supporting Ukraine. In fact polls in the U.S. show that the American public does not want the country to play a major role in assisting Ukraine in the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Russian public has also taken to the streets to express their opposition to the attack on Ukraine. Almost 1,900 demonstrators in 60 different Russian cities were arrested during these demonstrations.
Clinton noted that cyberattacks could be a useful tool against Russian efforts to stop the protestors. Additionally, Clinton has encouraged the use of information warfare against President Putin.
In the interview she stated “I mean, the old days of Radio Free Europe and beaming inaccurate information into the homes of Russians, we should be doing everything we can now online to replicate that,” adding, “It will be very difficult for Putin to plug all the holes in that dike. Information going into Russia about what Putin is actually doing with this unprovoked attack on Ukraine can keep people energized. I think that’s something that we should be doing as I say both through our government but also individuals who have the capacity to do that.”