The West remembered about Russian hackers again
The Russian hackers once again attacked the websites of the government organizations and state media of Montenegro. This statement was made by Tony Cole, vice-president of the FireEye – American company in the sphere of cyber security. According to him, attacks were administered by the Fancy Bear hacker group which disabled computer networks of various US state structures and government organizations in dozens of countries around the world.
Meanwhile in March the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson said that he did not have any evidence of Moscow's involvement in undermining democratic processes in Britain and other Western countries. However he stressed that there was quite a lot of evidence that "the Russians are capable of such things" and plan "a lot of dirty tricks".
Intimidation of the European population and Balkan states by Russian hackers is dictated by the continuing processes of integration the countries of the former Yugoslavia into NATO. Montenegro was included in its structure by the leadership of the alliance. Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the next in line. The decision to join the North Atlantic bloc was adopted by the republic's parliament against the will of the majority of Montenegrins, who did not want degradation of relationship with Russia. Membership in NATO will limit the outflow of Russian tourists from Montenegro and, perhaps, new sanctions against Moscow.
The messages about hacker attacks, which are periodically appearing in the Western media, are designed to distract attention from dissatisfaction of the Montenegrins with establishment corruptions and oppression of oppositional politicians, media and public figures. The aim of such actions is to update the topic of "Russian aggression" again and to create a negative image of Russia for the Balkan and European public. Under these conditions it will be easy to convince neutral countries to join the alliance for stand in opposition to mythical "expansionist" plans of the Kremlin.
However, the information pressure by Western, first of all American media, accompanied with an escalation of the situation, with the "exposure" of pro-Kremlin hackers and intelligence agents, is necessary for the US to create an illusion of safety for NATO member countries and the deployment of military bases and anti-missile defense systems on their territory.