World War 3: US prepares for Russian war by planting cyber bug to shutdown power grid

World War 3: US prepares for Russian war by planting cyber bug to shutdown power grid

In a bombshell report, the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid, according to the New York Times.  The unprecedented move means that US is now poised to conduct cyber-strikes in the event of a major conflict between the US and Russia. Senior government officials have described how US efforts to infiltrate key Russian targets has become "far, far more aggressive over the past year". 

The actions includes the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets.

As part of these attacks, the US has placed of potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before.

The "digital incursions" are intended to serve as a warning to President Vladimir Putin, in response to Russian interference in US elections in 2016.

The US Cyber Command, a secretive arm of the Pentagon, is responsible for the cyber-attacks and has recently shifted towards a more offensive strategy.

However, in a furious response to the report, Donald Trump accused New York Times of "virtual treason". 

He tweeted that the accusations were “not true”, calling the media “corrupt” and “the enemy of the people”.

The US President added: "This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country."

However, despite this denial, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to deny the report.

He told Fox News this afternoon: “I don’t talk about intelligence matters. We will do whatever we can to protect this country."

If true, the efforts lay a groundwork for an attack on the Russian grid on an unprecedented scale if the two countries were to enter into conflict.

One senior intelligence official said: "We are doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago."

The FBI had previously warned that Russia had inserted malware that could sabotage US power plants, oil and gas pipelines, or water supplies in any future conflict with the US.

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