The United States are ready to launch cyber warfare attacks against Russia, if the country interfere with the midterm elections
The United States are ready to launch a cyber warfare attack against Russia. It if the country interfere with US midterm elections. According to a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity, U.S. military hackers have been given the go-ahead to gain access to Russian cyber systems, as part of potential retaliation for any meddling in America’s vote. For security reasons, the officials declined to provide details about what Washington will do in response to Russian interference in the election. But they have made clear that the trigger for a broader response would have to be something more than “malign influence … trying to sway peoples’ opinion or the way people might vote,” as a senior administration official warned in on a call with reporters on October 31 organized by the White House. “This is something that has happened since the dawn of the Republic.”
The new Donald Trump cyber operations order, NSPM 13, is designed to allow Defense Secretary and Director of National Intelligence to approve retaliatory strikes without the approval of others in the government, and in certain cases White House
The senior official clarified that it would be direct interference – efforts to tamper with voting registration and recording votes – that would bring “swift and severe action.” The reason, the official said, is “that fundamentally wrecks the natural process that we have established in this country.” Without entering in details, he stated that the new Donald Trump cyber operations order, National Security Presidential Memorandum 13 (NSPM 13), is designed to allow Defense Secretary James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to approve retaliatory strikes. Without the approval of others in the government, and in certain cases without White House approval. According to the Center for Public Integrity, it replaces an Obama-era executive order that required more extensive review before cyber weapons could be used offensively, called Presidential Policy Directive 20 (PPD 20).