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Report: U.S. ready for cyberattack on Russia

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/17/19, 12:23 pm

WASHINGTON—The United States has infiltrated Russia’s power grid and could unleash a cyberattack, The New York Times reported Saturday. According to current and former Trump administration officials interviewed by the Times, the administration has deployed computer code into Russian utility systems that could be activated if Russian hackers attack the U.S. power grid. The article also noted that the operation is part of a wider effort to deter interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

President Donald Trump called the story false in a tweet Saturday and said publishing it was a “virtual act of treason.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., seemed to confirm the report in an interview Sunday on NBC News’ Meet the Press. “If the Russians try to take some action against our elections, or any other country, we are already ready to go after them,” he said. “And it should have happened in 2016. I’m glad that the president’s being aggressive against any foreign country that’s going to try to meddle with our elections.”

Officials interviewed for the report said no security issues were raised by publishing it, the Times noted, adding that some Trump administration officials were unsure whether the president had been extensively briefed about the operation.

Defense and intelligence officials have warned that Russia will likely try to influence a major U.S. election again, and U.S. Cyber Command has considered the possibility that the country might try to cause blackouts in key states to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, the Times reported.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  •  RodC's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/17/2019 01:11 pm

    Although the Times can say “no security issues were raised...”, saying it doesn’t make it so. I’d appreciate an explanation of how it’s not a security issue. (Perhaps the explanation is in the article, but I don’t want to create an account to read it.)

  •  RodC's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/17/2019 01:14 pm

    The text underneath the picture is an incomplete sentence...”A Moscow, Russia”.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/17/2019 02:28 pm

    Seems like treason to me to report publicly the details of things we may be doing to defend our country. Also seems like treason for our government officials to talk to the press about these things. 

    But are we sure anyone in government really told the Times any of this?  Or is it more fake news from a media outlet known for extreme bias against President Trump?  

    (Yes, Gramma, I recall you have stated firmly you never see media bias against our President)

  • news2me
    Posted: Mon, 06/17/2019 04:59 pm

    I agree, reporting that we are planning something against a country should be treason. But of course only if Trump says it.  

    Of course, didn't the media report that Trump was going to remove Mueller over and over and over. I wonder if anyone has kept count of that.

    And GRAMMA, our family stopped watching SUNDAY MORNING (a seemingly innocent show) because of the blatant bias against Trump. Pauley would add her little tweek at the end of the "news" even though what she said wasn't true. A person can tell when what's said is personal bias. 

  • overdue
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 12:03 am

    The news I heard on Sunday is that our God is Sovereign over the rulers of the world.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 12:32 am

    Absolutely!  Thanks! We do need to be reminded of that sometimes, don’t we.