How New Alliance of US Spooks & Big Tech Using ‘Russia Bugaboo’ to Amplify Surveillance Powers

On 5 August, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the creation of the Joint Cyber Defence Collaborative (JCDC) initiative bringing together federal intelligence and military agencies, state and local governments, as well as Big Tech to defend “national critical functions from cyber intrusions”.

The initial industry partners that are participating in CISA’s new joint cyber defence endeavour include Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Crowdstrike, FireEye Mandiant, Google Cloud, Lumen, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, and Verizon. The Joint Cyber Defence Collaborative (JCDC) initiative is expected to design and implement “whole-of-nation defence plans” to address cyber risks, share information within the newly established agency, and conduct “coordinated defensive cyber operations”.

‘Bad Russian Hackers’ as Pretext to Shut Down Whistleblowers, Dissent

CISA’s move follows ransomware attacks, some of which were groundlessly attributed to Russia, having reportedly targeted US infrastructure and government entities over the past year. In early July, Joe Biden vowed action over alleged “Russian” cyberattacks, while levelling new accusations against Moscow at the end of the month claiming that the latter is infringing upon American sovereignty by “interfering” in the upcoming midterm elections in 2022.

Meanwhile, Russia’s “bugaboo” role “has nowhere been more laughingly debunked than in the puerile Western media’s four-year-long bedazzlement by the…

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