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US ready to hit Russia with cyberattack if it directly interferes with midterm elections

By midian182 · 16 replies
Nov 4, 2018
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  1. According to a report from the Center for Public Integrity and the Daily Beast, which cites current and former senior officials familiar with the plan, the DoD and US intelligence agencies are ready to strike back against Russia with an offensive cyberattack if it is found to have electronically interfered with the November 6 elections.

    Russian trolls trying to influence American voters using social media is almost expected these days, and something that continues despite Facebook (and others) taking measures to combat the problem. A government-sanctioned cyberattack is, of course, a serious move, one that will take more than memes and attempts to sway voters’ opinion to make happen. It seems the attack will only take place if concrete evidence of Russia attempting to tamper with the results, registrations, or voting process emerges.

    The plan comes as the result of an executive order signed by President Trump earlier this year, which revised the rules on how and when the US can launch cyberattacks against other countries. The previous framework involved a multi-agency process taking place before such an attack could be carried out; now, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats can approve retaliatory strikes without the approval of others in the government, and in certain cases without White House approval.

    Just how much the threat of a cyberattack dissuades Russia from directly interfering with the midterms, if that is its plan, remains to be seen. Back in November 2016, the US warned it would hack the county’s infrastructure if it meddled directly with the US presidential election, a threat that Russia called “unprecedented,” and “insolent.”

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    Elections, Russia vs America, it is like a sitcom these days.

    They hack each other, they have a laugh, a little sanctions, they get over it, on to the next.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018
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  3. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 737   +1,065

    Shut down their vodka plants. Stuxnet for distillation units. Imagine the (increased) anarchy.
  4. SolarisGuru

    SolarisGuru TS Member Posts: 19   +19

    I LOLed... :) Society would collapse if that happened!
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    From what I've been reading it appears that the US is still behind the Russians and Chinese with these capabilities. No doubt we'll catch up but unless we put forth the investment into our cyber and computer groups that we have with our conventional military forces we will continue to lag behind.
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  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    Beware what you wish for. If Russia were to sob up for one day, it would take over the world, out of boredom.
  7. Funny how they scream like stuck pigs when calling Russia and China out on election interference, but quieter than a mouse fart for AIPAC.
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,997   +3,481

    Off topic.
    mbrowne5061, kapital98 and dms96960 like this.
  9. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Guru Posts: 324   +256

    From the memoirs of the people who ran the show (Clapper & Brennan), 9/11 had us almost pinpoint focused on terrorism from the middle east. We knew about the increasing cyber threats but did not invest enough to adequately prepare for it. It was a blindspot (even if they could have spent more on prevention).
  10. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    Insecure US troglodytes who put Trumpkin (or Trumpuchka as I like to call him) president. Now, they are regretting it, given Trumpuchka's personal charm and looking around for an escape goat. Heaven forbid they take the responsibility for anything.

    Russia? heck yes - a big bad wolf with poor PR. Let's blame the Russians ... yeah that will do it.
    Charles Olson likes this.
  11. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,965   +1,230

    Have you seen their military hardware outside the May day parades? It is grossly rusted, out of date and poorly equipped. Their ships, planes, tanks all look rusted inside and out, and their soldiers look terrible (again, OUTSIDE of the May Day parades). Their only aircraft carrier, if you look at some photos, has rust all over it, and when they removed one of the boilers, it looks like no one has touched it in ages.
    Most navy fleet hardware is checked and cleaned constantly to prevent rust from causing problems.
    The only thing the Soviet (I still call them that, because they are still that, just not a "union") can do is produce a LOT of garbage. That worked in WW2 to overwhelm the Germans, but, on a modern battlefield it won't.
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,036

    They don't need any hardware, only their inborn attitude. Have you seen a Russian deprived of Vodka? He can take on entire regiment single-handedly, with a shovel.
  13. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,209   +670

    Whatever you say Ivan.
  14. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 894   +497

    At least in the Russian (and their allies) counter attack, we'll find out what they are capable of, such as shutting down nuclear reactors or taking the NASDAQ offline for a week. Or maybe NORAD will see a million incoming missiles and won't know if they are real. Or maybe (hopefully) they'll just hack Trump's Twitter account and use it to declare that he is now the proud father of 17 Mexican babies. Fun times ahead.
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  15. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +407

    Do we have a Cyber Force yet?

    Sorry if this has already been asked.
  16. The U.S. government is still perpetuating this fake news?
  17. flyboydale54

    flyboydale54 TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    Putin will never know what hit him and Russia. Yeah, I welcome the cyber attack on Russia if they meddle in the Nov. 6th Election.

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