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Trump Is Wrong That Investigators Have to Catch Hackers in the Act

Assigning blame for cyberattacks is difficult, but experts do often identify the culprits.
Source: Andrew Harnik / AP

The difficulty of knowing who launched a cyberattack has become a refrain for President-elect Donald Trump. It could be Russia, he says, or it could be China, or it could be “some guy in his home in New Jersey.”  It could be “someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

On Monday, after a tumultuous three days of revelations about a new probe into election-related hacking, and the results of a secret CIA investigation that determined that Russia tried to

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