U.S. Takes Proactive Measure to Thwart Russian Attacks
The U.S. Cyber Command is attempting to minimize the realization of Russian cyber attacks by taking a preemptive strike against Russian power grids and other targets.
Due to the sensitivity on the matter, very few details are being released. But here’s what we do know.
The U.S. Cyber Command has inserted code into Russia’s power grid and other potential targets. This code can be maliciously executed if directed to do so. However, for the time being, it will lay dormant.
Is this even legal?
Yes. It’s permitted by a law passed last summer, which approves “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend” against attacks.
Now the question is, will this measure deter or trigger Russian cyber attacks against the U.S.? Unfortunately, we may find out sooner than later. Just days ago the Russian hacking group Xenotime made news for laying the groundwork to attack U.S. power companies.
What do you think — is the U.S. poking a sleeping bear, or simply putting on armor to defend for the fight? Drop your comments below.
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