[Ed. – It’s increasingly surreal to see NBC and its affiliates just keep puking out discredited BS from Team Crazy Left — such as the theme that Russia has been favoring Trump and attacking Hillary with hacked-data releases. The FBI and Assange have both denied that Russia is behind the data dumps showing the breadth of her astonishing complicity in all manner of sleazy schemes and connections. As a general note, I love these plots that are supposedly so convoluted and devious that no matter what happens, it means Russia was behind it and is trying to disrupt the U.S. election.
[In reality, the election integrity problem is going to come from Democrat-affiliated activist groups that are busy as we speak preparing hundreds if not thousands of bogus ballots. On paper. In stacks. To be deployed by illegal rent-a-voters, with no need whatsoever for Russian involvement.]
The U.S. government believes hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine next week’s presidential election and is mounting an unprecedented effort to counter their cyber meddling, American officials told NBC News.
The effort is being coordinated by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, but reaches across the government to include the CIA, the National Security Agency and other elements of the Defense Department, current and former officials say. …
Officials are alert for any attempts to create Election Day chaos, and say steps are being taken to prepare for worst-case scenarios, including a cyber-attack that shuts down part of the power grid or the internet.
But what is more likely, multiple U.S. officials say, is a lower-level effort by hackers from Russia or elsewhere to peddle misinformation by manipulating Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
For example, officials fear an 11th hour release of fake documents implicating one of the candidates in an explosive scandal without time for the news media to fact check it. So far, document dumps attributed to the Russians have damaged Democrats and favored Trump.