As Zapad Looms, Lithuania Faces Russian Meddling Risk

Signal activity suggests Lithuania could face cyber intrusions or disinformation campaigns.

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With Zapad 2017, Russia's massive quadrennial military exercise, set to begin in Belarus September 14, a Predata anticipatory signal for Russian civil interference in Lithuania has spiked to its highest level in over a year. This means that during the exercise there is high risk of Russian non-military aggression against the Baltic nation -- such as fake news campaigns, website defacement, or other cyber operations. With NATO battlegroups deployed throughout the Baltic states to keep an eye on Zapad, a disinformation campaign could be aimed at stoking anti-Western sentiment among Lithuania's Russian-speaking population.