What Reaction To The Russian Hacking Report Teaches Us About Data Science

An installation at the Hacked By Def Con Press Preview at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) From a data science standpoint, one of the most fascinating criticisms of the US Government report on Russian hacking of the US presidential election is that for all its hyperbolic claims, the actual hard detailed evidence presented in the report is relatively weak and the evidence it does present ends up hurting the report’s conclusions more than supporting them. To the general American public, finding the culprits in a cyber attack must seem relatively straightforward, in line with an episode of CSI in which a few keystrokes is all that’s needed to bring up definitive proof of who the hacker is, along with his or her name and…


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