US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

The United States Cyber ​​Command has made several incursions into Russia's electricity infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report published in The New York Times . Officials with whom the publication spoke described the movements as a warning to Russia that the United States is willing to operate more aggressively in this field to deter possible cyber attacks.

According to Times "officials described the previously unreported deployment of the American computer code within the Russian network and other objectives." An intelligence officer told the Times that "they became much, much more aggressive during the past year" and that they are "doing things on a scale that we had never contemplated a few years ago." The efforts amount to what is described as a "persistent presence" within Russia's infrastructure, and there are no indications that the United States has launched any kind of attack.

Officials tell the Times that the United States has been investigating the country's electricity grid since 2012, and that those efforts have intensified. significantly in recent months, the sending of "potentially paralyzing malware within the Russian system to a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never before been proven".

US officials have spoken of the need to launch a cyber attack against the Russian government. If the need arises. The Times says that the Cyber ​​Command did not describe what actions it had specifically undertaken with its new authorization. It also notes that the agency can conduct operations with the authorization of the Secretary of Defense, without the approval of the President.

The recently revealed actions are parallel to those that the Cyber ​​Command undertook in November 2018 to eliminate operations of state-linked trolls such as the Internet Research Agency before the midterm elections. Apparently, these operations disconnected the group and could not access the Internet, and it was one of the most aggressive actions that were made public after the Department of Defense authorized the Command to conduct more offensive campaigns in June.

The efforts appear to be part of a Trump Administration movement to deter possible attacks by demonstrating that the US UU They are willing to make a cyber attack. At a conference earlier this week, National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the US. UU They responded against the election of their "highest priority last year," and that they were ready to impose high costs on anyone who tried until "[got] the point."

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