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NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election

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The top U.S. military and intelligence cybersecurity agencies are preparing to protect the Presidential election in November from Russia and other adversaries.

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The country's lead military and intelligence cybersecurity agencies are preparing for a full-scale battle to protect the November election from Russia and other adversaries. 

Cybercom is sending troops abroad to help search for malicious software on U.S. allies' government computer networks, gathering data about Russian hacker tactics before they're deployed against U.S. election targets, Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads both U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, wrote in a Foreign Affairs article. The article was co-authored by Cybercom senior adviser Michael Sulmeyer. 

In one particular such "hunt forward" mission, military hackers visited the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro, which has been targeted by Russian-linked hackers. "Working side by side with Montenegrin partners, the team saw an opportunity to improve American cyber defenses ahead of the 2020 election," the pair


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