The US Cyber Command has been reported to shift to an offensive posture and place “potentially crippling malware” in systems in control of Russia’s power grid, reported the New York times on Saturday.
“It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” said one senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.”
The Command’s actions are authorized by the defense secretary and do not need presidential approval. According to the New York Times, aggressive cyber incursions come as a warning that Russia shall not interfere in the 2020 US presidential election and can also be used to paralyze cyber-attacks.
John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said that recent moves are just a part of an effort “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyber-operations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”
“We thought the response in cyberspace against electoral meddling was the highest priority last year, and so that’s what we focused on. But we’re now opening the aperture, broadening the areas we’re prepared to act in,” Bolton said. “We will impose costs on you until you get the point,” he added.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website