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.

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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