Russia set to again meddle in US election, new report warns_1

Russia plans on targeting the US presidential election in November using the same malicious cyber tactics it applied in 2019 when attempting to domineer all 50 states' election systems, a new report has warned.

Don't be surprised if the Russian government also hones in on the Georgian parliamentary elections in October, the report assessing the security situation in the Baltic region advised.

Its release comes after Bernie Sanders narrowly won New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary, solidifying his front-runner status in the nominating race and dealing a setback to moderate rival Joe Biden.

Mr Sanders prevailed after fending off attacks from rivals who warned his far-left views would lead the party to defeat in the November 3 election against Donald Trump.

"This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Mr Sanders told supporters.

Not if Russia has its way. President Vladimir Putin set out to interfere in the 2016 US election to get Donald Trump into the highest office.

Helping Russia-friendly candidates and divisive nominees win Western elections is one of its major goals, along with showing America to be incapable of holding fair elections as a way of diverting attention away from its own problems.

That's according to the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service report which says Russia has been successfully messing with Western democracies since the 1990s and it will "likely" do it again this year.

The West has yet to use enough sanctions to force Russia to abandon its cyber operations which aim to "steal sensitive information on what political positions countries hold", the report said.

Not only that but it looks out for details on "which countries can be influenced in directions suitable for Russia, as well as how and whom to target with their narratives in information operations".

The government was its primary target in 2019 followed by elections, the military, think tanks and scientific institutions, then the media.

The report, however, warned that "everyone is a potential target" as cyber attackers go after the weakest links to achieve their goals.

-with AAP