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Information war waged by foreign mass media against Russia: The case of Russia's alleged involvement in hacker attacks during the U.S. Presidential Elections in 2016

Vol. 14, Iss. 11, NOVEMBER 2018

Received: 12 July 2018

Received in revised form: 30 July 2018

Accepted: 27 August 2018

Available online: 16 November 2018

Subject Heading: THREATS AND SECURITY

JEL Classification: F51, F52, L82, N40

Pages: 2149–2161

https://doi.org/10.24891/ni.14.11.2149

Meshcheryakova V.G. Bashkir State University, Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation
2004sunny@mail.ru

ORCID id: not available

Subject The article discusses the information war wages by foreign mass media against Russia. I review how the myth about Russia's alleged involvement in the U.S. domestic politics and Russian hackers originated.
Objectives The research analyzes means and technologies used to commit information assaults against Russia. I conduct a content analysis of mass media to identify the source of anti-Russian myths. I also evaluate Russia's information security and preparedness to repulse such attacks.
Methods The research relies upon the horizontal and comparative analysis of global events and content analysis of mass media. I refer to official documents and publications by the Russian foreign journalists and politicians.
Results Russia proved to be unprepared for the hybrid information war. Governmental authorities failed to ensure protection and prove that Russia was not involved in cyber attacks, and convince the global community of the absurdity of the claims.
Conclusions and Relevance Mass media exert more pressure as social ties grow, taking new forms as new technologies emerge. Russia's information security is impossible without the precise analysis and timely responses. The findings may be used to prepare general and special training courses of political science, public administration, international law.

Keywords: information war, information security, Russian hackers, U.S. presidential elections, mass media

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