Hillary Clinton said Sunday evening that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was an incident of such magnitude and overall consequence that it equated to a “cyber 9/11.”
The twice-defeated presidential candidate is currently on tour to promote her book, What Happened, and was speaking at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival when she made the comparison, BuzzFeed News reported.
“We have a really well-respected security, intelligence veterans saying this was a ‘cyber 9/11′ in the sense that it was a direct attack on our institutions,” Clinton said. “That may sound dramatic but we know that they probed and tried to intrude into election systems—not just the social media propaganda part of their campaign.”
The defeated Democratic candidate said her campaign was not built to compete with one that included such a targeted messaging strategy by Trump’s campaign and the Russians. However, she indicated the silver lining was that other countries have been able to witness the scale of the Russian cyber threat.
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