In “Why the Public May Never Know Who Hacked the DNC” (FedScoop, 28 July 2016), Milan Patel comments on public attribution of major cyber attacks, in the aftermath of the Democratic National Committee’s email breach—which many are linking to Russian involvement.
Milan, a former supervisory special agent of the FBI’s cyber division, explained to FedScoop that the process by which attribution occurs is lengthy, technical, and strategic. He commented that, for the FBI, the attribution process will start with an “inter-agency equities check to ensure there are no adverse effects to public disclosure.”
He added, “We know Russia is in it for long-game, so each attack is not treated in isolation but as a part of a greater investigative effort that looks much like a game of chess. As in chess, you might know your opponent’s next move, but you won’t announce it because you are planning your counter move.”
Read the full article in FedScoop.