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Russia: Reported US cyberattack on power grid possible

The Kremlin on Monday reportedly said it is possible the U.S. put implants into Russian power grids.

The New York Times first reported the U.S. allegedly gearing up for a cyberattack last week, citing unnamed officials describing the types of actions that had been taken toward Russian power grids. 

{mosads}Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters, “Undoubtedly this information shows the hypothetical possibility … all signs of cyber war and military cyber action against the Russian Federation.”

The Hill has reached out to the Kremlin for comment.

Peskov told Reuters that Russian authorities are working to keep its economy safe after unnamed strategic parts had endured foreign cyberattacks. 

According to the New York Times report, probes in control systems have been in place since at least 2012 but now the strategy is shifting toward offense.

Officials told the Times the U.S. had deployed computer code within Russia’s grid to combat Russian disinformation and hacking in 2018 elections. 

“It has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” one senior intelligence official told The New York Times. “We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.”

President Trump denied the report, tweeting the story is “a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story.” 

Tags Cyberwarfare Donald Trump Hacking National security Russia Valdimir Putin

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