Kremlin: US territory being used to launch cyberattacks against Russia

Kremlin: US territory being used to launch cyberattacks against Russia

The Kremlin said Wednesday that cyberattacks against Russia are being launched from U.S. territory, but could not confirm reports that the U.S. blocked internet access for a major Russian troll farm on Election Day, Reuters reports.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he did not know the veracity of those reports.

“But in general I can say that U.S. territory is constantly being used to organize a huge number of cyberattacks against various Russian organizations," he said. "That’s the reality with which we live.”

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the U.S.’s main military cyber operation blocked internet access to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm, on the day of the 2018 midterm elections.

Several entities and people charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with interfering in the 2016 presidential election are tied to the agency, which used social media to spread discord through the American public.

The departments of Justice and Homeland Security said earlier this year that they had uncovered no evidence of foreign election interference in the midterms, indicating that the more offensive cybersecurity approach was effective.

Prior efforts to stop meddling often involved alerting hackers that the U.S. was aware of the attempt, rather than more proactively engaging the attacks.

This shift comes after the U.S. launched its new cyber strategy, which national security adviser John Bolton said would be more offensively oriented.