Russia expects Washington to provide an explanation after a report claimed that Pentagon cyber-offensive specialists have hacked into Russia’s power grids, telecommunications networks, and the Kremlin’s command systems.
“If no official reaction from the American administration follows, it would mean state cyberterrorism exists in the U.S. If the threats of the attack, which were published by the U.S. media, are carried out, Moscow would be justified in charging Washington” -Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova
NBC news said earlier in a report that U.S. military hackers have penetrated crucial infrastructure in Russia, making them vulnerable to an attack by American cyber weapons. The report also indicates that the hack was carried out in preparation for a full-scale cyberwar with Russia.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made allegations that Moscow engaged in hacking to damage her bid for the white house. Though there was no proof provided, she accused the Kremlin of hacking into the Democrats’ computer networks and publishing sensitive information in order to swing the election in her rival, Donald Trumps’, favor. Which sensitive information you ask? Russia supplying the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, with emails hacked from the account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Russia denies the accusations, and no hard evidence of the alleged hack has ever been made public, despite media reports claiming U.S. intelligence communities are convinced of the Kremlin’s guilt.
It’s interesting that the only country with a record of conducting cyber-attacks on other nations…is the U.S. itself! An operation called “Olympic Games”, reportedly conducted in collaboration with Israel, involved infecting the computer networks of Iranian uranium enrichment facilities with a computer virus that affected industrial controllers of centrifuges in order to destroy them.