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The Lessons of the DNC Hack

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Trump, Putin, Clinton

Russias hacking of the DNCs email, and of Hillary Clintons campaign files, falls well short of an act of war, but it does demonstrate that cyberwar remains largely undefined.

Credit: Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo; photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images and Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP/Getty Images

Just days after Robert Gates became secretary of defense in December 2006, in the middle of George W. Bush’s second term, he found himself so stunned by the volume of attempted cyberattacks against the U.S. military’s computer networks—his daily briefings cited dozens, sometimes hundreds of intrusions—that he wrote a memo to the Pentagon's general counsel.

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