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Hack away! NYT says US planted CYBER KILL SWITCH into Russian power grid… media shrugs


Added 06-15-19 05:37:02pm EST - “The best defense is a good offense: the US seems to have taken this maxim to its logical conclusion, and has "aggressively" hacked Russia's power grid, according to a new report. God forbid the shoe were on the other foot.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Hack away! NYT says US planted CYBER KILL SWITCH into Russian power grid… media shrugs”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An in-depth report in the New York Times on Saturday lays out an alleged ongoing US operation to penetrate and implant malware in Russia’s power grid, partly as “a warning” to Moscow, and partly to stake out the high ground should competition between the two powers one day spill over into outright cyber warfare.

Due to the clandestine nature of the subject, the article is light on specifics. All we know is that the authority to carry out offensive cyber operations is enshrined in the National Defense Authorization Act since last summer, and that President Donald Trump delegated approval for such attacks to Cyber Command – set up by the Obama administration in 2008 to counter alleged similar efforts from Moscow – around the same time.

“Russia is hacking the American power grid as a demonstration of its capabilities.”Only, joking! It’s actually the US attacking Russia (reports @nytimes). But just try to imagine the hysteria in US/UK media, if it were the other way around? https://t.co/Y1oRthnoqY

In the absence of details, the Times treated its readers to a carousel of security officials talking up their “aggressive” posture, including one faceless intelligence spook who bragged “we are doing things at a scale we never contemplated a few years ago.” A chorus of these same officials also justified the cyberwar efforts, including one who dropped the wonderfully Washingtonian term “defend forward” to describe the incursions.

But imagine for a second that the shoe were on the other foot? How would the Times cover a sophisticated Russian effort to infiltrate the US grid? How massive would the media uproar be?

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