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Feliz año. Es posible que sea peor que 2016 pero tiene el listón bastante alto.

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Sobre supuesto hacking ruso en las elecciones estadounidenses se ha escrito mucho. Se ha escrito tanto y tan bien que la mitad de los votantes demócratas creen que significa que alguien realmente manipuló los resultados del voto en los sistemas de votación.

The Intercept ha estado publicando una serie de artículos bastante más sobrios que el resto de la prensa. Ayer, Glenn Greenwald, con motivo del hackeo a la central eléctrica de Vermont que al final no fue, publicó un buen resumen:

Those interested in a sober and rational discussion of the Russia hacking issue should read the following:

(1) Three posts by cyber-security expert Jeffery Carr first, on the difficulty of proving attribution for any hacks; second, on the irrational claims on which the “Russia-hacked-the-DNC” case is predicated; and third, on the woefully inadequate, evidence-free report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI this week to justify sanctions against Russia.

(2) Yesterday’s Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi, who lived and worked for more than a decade in Russia, entitled: “Something About this Russia Story Stinks.”

(3) An Atlantic article by David A. Graham on the politics and strategies of the sanctions imposed this week on Russia by Obama; I disagree with several of his claims but the article is a rarity: a calm, sober, rational assessment of this debate.

Since it is so often distorted, permit me to once again to underscore my own view on the broader Russia issue: of course it is possible that Russia is responsible for these hacks, as this is perfectly consistent with (and far more mild than) what both Russia and the U.S. have done repeatedly for decades.

But given the stakes involved, along with the incentives for error and/or deceit, no rational person should be willing to embrace these accusations as Truth unless and until convincing evidence has been publicly presented for review, which most certainly has not yet happened. As the above articles demonstrate, this week’s proffered “evidence” – the U.S. Government’s evidence-free report – should raise rather than dilute suspicions. It’s hard to understand how this desire for convincing evidence before acceptance of official claims could even be controversial, particularly among journalists.

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¡LiveJournal! ¡Metafilter! En 2017, vuelve 2005. LiveJournal mueve sus servidores a Moscú. Ya que están, cualquier acceso a https://livejournal.com redirige a la versión no segura. Todo bien.