Russia's shadow war with the US gets serious

Business Insider:
A group calling itself the "Shadow Brokers" claimed earlier this week that it hacked into the US National Security Agency and stole an apparent treasure trove of exploits and hacking tools that it is now trying to auction off.

But experts say that this is all a smokescreen for a not-so-subtle message from Moscow to Washington: Don't mess with us.

"It's a smokescreen, there's nothing real about this," John Schindler, a former NSA analyst and counterintelligence officer, told Business Insider. "This is Moscow's way of upping the ante in the spy war, and sending a message no one can miss [which is] 'we have you penetrated, we've got you by the balls, don't push us.'"

He added: "The Russians are making a power play because they think they can right now."
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There is much more.

Obama's weakness is creating grave dangers for the US and its allies just as his administration is coming to an end.  There is little faith that Hillary Clinton can improve the situation and there is probably real fear of what Trump might do from a position of weakness that Obama has left the US in.

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