US has publicly threatened ‘retaliatory’ hacks against Russia for
weeks now, based on allegations that Russia may have been involved in
certain hacks related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton. Russia denied involvement and the US government has been
unable to produce any concrete evidence of Russian involvement.
went so far as to confirmthe
US had informed Vladimir Putin that the US would conduct revenge
attacks “at the time of our choosing.” The time may ultimately be
America’s election day, according to officials familiar with the
News has reported seeing top secret documents from
these officials detailing potential US plans to launch military cyber
attacks against Russia’s civilian infrastructure, with the
documents claiming advanced US cyber weapons were prepared to take
down Russia’s entire electricity grid, all telecommunications
networks, and the Kremlin’s own command systems.
reports are emerging in the context of US officials speculating that
Russia might launch cyber attacks against the US during the election
to try to disrupt it. Since they offered no evidence for this either,
it raises concerns that the US is simply setting up a pretext for
timing its own attacks around them.
officials are trying to assure the media that such huge attacks would
only be launched in retaliation offers little comfort, given the
administration’s willingness to claim anything and everything
remotely election-related and embarrassing to the Clinton campaign as
a Russian plot.
massive US attacks on Russian infrastructure, regardless of the
pretext, would likely be seen as an act of war. The US has made clear
in the past they would regard cyber attacks of a large enough scale
as equivalent to conventional military attacks, and given the scale
that it being discussed it’s hard to imagine Russia would not react