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US Escalates Online Attacks on Russia's Power Grid
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50992"><span class="small">David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times</span></a>   
Sunday, 16 June 2019 13:12

Excerpt: "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."

A heating power plant in Moscow. Officials described the move into 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. (photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)
A heating power plant in Moscow. Officials described the move into 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. (photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)


US Escalates Online Attacks on Russia's Power Grid

By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times

16 June 19

 

he 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.

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-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-16 14:41
So there are now cyber attacks on power grids in Venezuela, Latin America, and Russia. The US is behind them all. This is a new form of warfare. It kills only the weakest people, those who are sick and depend on life support devices.

I read today that the CIA has not told Trump about these attacks because it was afraid he'd blab his mouth about them or order the CIA to stop.


Just to set the record straight -- Russia DID NOT intervene in US elections and it DID NOT isert malware into any US power plants. Both are fake news.

The US is trying to destabilize nations it does not like. It will of course backfire. No one is fooled, except for the stenographers at the NYTimes.
 
 
+3 # johnescher 2019-06-16 17:54
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:

Just to set the record straight -- Russia DID NOT intervene in US elections and it DID NOT insert malware into any US power plants. Both are fake news.


How interesting, Rodion Raskolnikov, that you think so.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-06-17 06:59
Does it occur to anyone that such attacks provide the same information to their targets that they do to T-Rump, and more? Not only is the element of "surprise" lost, but the incursions reveal to their targets the nature of the technologies employed.

Does anyone besides RR doubt that both Russia and China have such capabilities? The mere fact that both have advanced nuclear arsenals shows that their information technologies are equally advanced, and China actually manufactures a lot of our consumer electronics, giving them access to the software involved. It's not quite the same as that for hacking the power grid, but neither is it greatly different. This has been public knowledge for at least a decade.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-17 10:03
econo -- it has been written about many times that US power plants and other parts of the "critical infrastructure" are not linked to the internet. They are isolated so that they cannot be hacked into. This was explained when there were reports a few years ago by Homeland Security that several power plants had been hacked.

All advanced nations are taking pro-active defensive measures. If a US power plant or parts of the grid go down, you can suspect that it is an inside job.
 
 
0 # economagic 2019-06-17 17:08
Reference, please. I'm not disputing your claim, but I watch for articles on such subjects and have seen none, and it is not clear to me how any entity connected to the power grid and also to the internet could be fully isolated from digital incursion. Not that it would be easy--hacking at high levels never is, but it is routinely done.