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Trump Ordered Major Cyber Attack Against Russia: NBC Report

  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a high-technology state corporation at Moscow, Russia, Dec. 7, 2017.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a high-technology state corporation at Moscow, Russia, Dec. 7, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 February 2019

Spokesman Peskov commented on media report related to a U.S. military cyber attack against a Russian company.

On Wednesday the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that U.S. territory has been constantly used to launch cyberattacks against Russia, although he was unable to confirm a media report arguing that the U.S. military had blocked Internet access to a Russian firm in 2018. 

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The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Cyber Command (USCybercom), which is one of 10 unified commands of the Department of Defense and works with the intelligence information gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA), had disrupted the Internet access of Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian firm accused of trying to influence U.S. voters on the congressional elections carried out on Nov. 6, 2018.

"In general I can say that the U.S. territory is constantly being used to organize a huge number of cyber attacks against various Russian organizations,” Peskov said and added, “That's the reality in which we live."

Early this year, the vice president of the Sberbank's directors board said the number of cyber attacks against Russian entities increased 1.6 times in 2018. According to the Russian largest bank's estimates, those actions will continue to increase up to 80 percent in 2019. 

U.S. President Donald Trump would have personally authorized a cybernetic operation against IRA, which could be probably the U.S. most aggressive cyber movement against Russia known to date, as NBC News reported.

These cyber attack against such company was part of a larger effort by the USCybercom, led by General Paul Nakasone, to combat attempts to interfere with U.S. politics.

This cyber action would have been authorized according to new operative guidelines, which were set crafted under the guidance of National Security Advisor John Bolton “who took over direct responsibility for White House cyber policy after the departure of former Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce”, as reported by Arstechnica.

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