Putin’s Failure in Ukraine Could Fuel Russia Election Interference | Sonam Sheth and Grace Panetta/Business Insider
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has been been an unexpected and historic challenge for Russia: the Russian military is suffering global embarrassment over its inability to tamp down fierce Ukrainian resistance; the Russian economy has been decimated; and the last shreds of Putin’s international reputation are in tatters. But experts say Putin’s military failures and his status as a global pariah could make him more likely to double down on another of his goals: manipulating foreign elections and sowing distrust in democratic systems. “Because of the resistance Russia has gotten and NATO becoming even stronger, Russia has to show a sign of dominance on the cyber side, just from a playbook perspective,” David Kennedy, a former NSA hacker and the CEO of TrustedSec, told Insider. “So Putin and the intelligence agencies are going to look at how to cause as much damage as possible.” He added that the voting and election process in the US “is a ripe target” because of its vulnerability and the success Russia saw with its 2016 election interference efforts.