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Author Pegues, Jeff, 1970- author.

Title Kompromat : how Russia undermined American democracy / Jeff Pegues.

Publication Info. Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    324.973 PEG    Available
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Description 287 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-269) and index.
Contents This is warfare -- Mining for clues at the DNC -- Meanwhile, back at the White House... -- The dossier -- They are hacking the hell out of us -- Dead drops, invisible ink, propaganda, and deep cover -- Modern-day spies -- Conversation with a ghost -- Vladimir Putin: who is this guy? -- The playbook -- Putin's grudge against Clinton -- The separation between federal and state government -- From civil rights to Russian intelligence -- Living the dream: Birmingham -- Moscow on the Hudson -- They're talking -- The cyber ref: a conversation with Michael Hayden -- Election Day -- What has just happened? -- A sidenote about Comey -- There can't be two presidents -- Obama responds -- 9/11, Antifa, and Hamilton 68: a conversation with Laura Rosenberger -- Race-based propaganda: undermining democracy by tapping our Achilles' heel -- The documents -- Putin's end game in the United States -- Clues for reporters: that nagging feeling -- Voting booth dinosaurs -- A hole in the dike -- Cyber tools -- Should we trust them? -- Things have gone horribly awry -- The new playing field -- Our playbook -- Why didn't they see it? -- A patriotic Russian hacker.
Summary "A timely and essential book from the CBS correspondent who has led their coverage of Russia election interference and the FBI counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russians. In this compelling account of how the Russians hacked the 2016 election, CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues reveals how far the Kremlin poked into voter databases and why it happened. He also investigates the steps taken to shore up election systems in states across the country ahead of the 2018 midterm and indeed the 2020 Presidential election. Based on exclusive interviews with officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and cybersecurity experts, Pegues takes readers behind the scenes and into the minds of investigators following the case. He delves into the shadowy world of Russian spies, unraveling the complicated web of contacts between Russian operatives and Trump representatives during the campaign. In one chapter, he focuses on Valeri Gerasimov, widely believed to be the mastermind behind a Russian cyber strategy designed to influence and disrupt democracies. Evidence is presented showing that the Russians infiltrated not only Democratic Party computer networks in the US, but networks in the Ukraine and Europe as well. Consulting with representatives of top cyber security firms, the author discusses what states are doing to protect voting systems in the next midterm elections and beyond. Fascinating and chilling at the same time, Kompromat opens a window into the murky world of espionage, digital warfare, and a newly aggressive Russia brazenly inserting itself into U.S. politics"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Presidents -- United States -- Election, 2016.
Hacking -- Russia (Federation).
Propaganda, Russian -- United States.
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Internet in political campaigns -- United States.
Electronic voting -- Security measures -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation).
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Other Form: Online version: Pegues, Jeff, 1970- author. Kompromat Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2018 9781633884304 (DLC) 2018025884
ISBN 9781633884298 (hardback)
1633884295 (hardback)

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