U.S. officials have expressed concern that Russia will interfere with next week’s presidential election via cyber attack.
The U.S. military is poised to respond via American government hackers, should the government suspect Russian “cyber mischief.”
From NBC News:
U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin’s command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary, according to a senior intelligence official and top-secret documents reviewed by NBC News.
American officials have long said publicly that Russia, China and other nations have probed and left hidden malware on parts of U.S critical infrastructure, “preparing the battlefield,” in military parlance, for cyber attacks that could turn out the lights or turn off the internet across major cities.
U.S. intelligence officials do not expect Russia to attack critical infrastructure — which many believe would be an act of war — but they do anticipate so-called cyber mischief, including the possible release of fake documents and the proliferation of bogus social media accounts designed to spread misinformation.
On Friday the hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” — which U.S. officials say is a front for Russian intelligence — tweeted a threat to monitor the U.S. elections “from inside the system.”
This new development now makes one thing excruciatingly clear:
We now know EXACTLY why the Democrats, and especially Hillary Clinton, have been blabbering about “Russia” for the past month. They were simply preparing the seeds for something much, much bigger down the road.
We’re living in 1984, folks.
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