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A charming internet article that has been making the rounds begins with this:

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Russia is suspected of interfering with the democratic presidential election in a country that’s far from being an ally. France might be next after the United States, where hacks carried out by Russian intelligence are believed to have helped Trump secure his recent win.

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The article's headline, "French intelligence is scared Russia might interfere with upcoming presidential election", made us think of two things:

1. Isn't this exactly what the Germans claimed, which later turned out to be bogeyman baloney?

2. Is there anything computer-related that happens in Europe or North America that isn't Russia's fault?

Then, as if by a miracle, the Guardian confirmed our suspicions with a titillating exclusive about Moscow's latest electronic atrocity:

Russia suspected over hacking attack on Italian foreign ministry

Russia is suspected by Italian officials of being behind a sustained hacking attack against the Italian foreign ministry last year that compromised email communications and lasted for many months before it was detected, according to people familiar with the matter.

Buried far below the lede:

The official did not confirm that Moscow was behind the attack. But two other people with knowledge of the attack said the Russian state was believed to have been behind it. The hacking is now the subject of an inquiry by the chief prosecutor in Rome.

Oh good. Well that's reassuring. Especially given the word choice of the headline.

Do you live in a NATO country? Do you experience any kind of computer-related trouble? Maybe you downloaded some tentacle porn and are now besieged by malware?


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