US targeting Russia power grid in increased online attacks
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Citing current and former US officials, The New York Times reported Saturday that Washington was deploying computer code into Russia’s power grid along with other measures.
The move was described as a classified part of action against Russia over alleged disinformation and hacking attempts around the 2018 midterm elections.
“It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” one senior intelligence official said. “We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.”
US national security adviser, John Bolton, said Tuesday that the United States was trying “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyber operations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”
“We thought the response in cyberspace against electoral meddling was the highest priority last year, and so that’s what we focused on. But we’re now opening the aperture, broadening the areas we’re prepared to act in,” Bolton warned. “We will impose costs on you until you get the point.”
Russia has been accused of meddling in US elections, a claim dismissed by Moscow. After Donald Trump was elected into office in 2016, special counsel Robert Mueller began investigating trump ties with the Kremlin.
In his last statement, the special counsel neither cleared the president nor charged him, throwing the ball into the Congress’ court.
Mueller argued that the decision not to charge Trump was made based on the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of not bringing charges against a sitting president.