U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

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U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said.

In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.

Advocates of the more aggressive strategy said it was long overdue, after years of public warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. that Russia has inserted malware that could sabotage American power plants, oil and gas pipelines, or water supplies in any future conflict with the United States.
U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid


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John macafee sounded this alarms back in 2015




 
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Your Dear Liar Trump is evidently being kept out-of-the-loop according to HIS tweets yesterday calling the NYTs story treasonous and FAKE news. Now why would the HIS Pentagon do that? So that means that Trump is not at all beholden to Putin, right? Well, not so fast.
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U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

"Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.

"Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister."

 
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It seems our intelligence community leaked this so that the public is aware of what they're doing so it would make it more difficult for Trump to stop it. It would look really bad for Trump to do that. Smart.
Bleat, bleat ....
 
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How the hell is that treason?
It isn't since HE signed the bill into LAW authorizing the action. Evidently, HE didn't read the bill. Again, from the OP link.
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But the action inside the Russian electric grid appears to have been conducted under little-noticed new legal authorities, slipped into the military authorization bill passed by Congress last summer. The measure approved the routine conduct of “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”
Under the law, those actions can now be authorized by the defense secretary without special presidential approval.
 
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