Reflections

Hacking Sanctions Are More a Symbol Than a Threat

Dec 30, 2016 | 00:24 GMT
The sanctions imposed by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama today against elements of President Vladimir Putin's security apparatus could lead to retaliatory measures by Russia.
(ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama's administration today imposed a series of punitive measures against Russia for its purported interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign -- measures Russia apparently had anticipated well before the U.S. government publicly unveiled allegations of a campaign of computer hacking and disinformation aimed at steering election results. While the penalties are high-profile, and will draw Kremlin retaliation, their effects will be limited mostly to symbolism....

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