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'Hacker armies' linked to China and Russia ramp up cyberattacks

US and Europe grapple with espionage, disinformation and election meddling

Russia and China are said to be stepping up cyberattacks to steal information and spread disinformation.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Hacking and disinformation campaigns linked to Russia and China have stepped up significantly as the coronavirus pandemic has escalated, heightening alarm over cyber threats that Western democracies are often ill-equipped to handle.

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