American President Donald Trump has made it clear that he is unaware of Pentagon’s efforts to plant cyber tools into Russian Power Grids. At the same time, the 45th President clarified that whatever published in the New York Times was a virtual act of ‘treason’.
On Saturday last week, the NYT reported an article saying that US Cyber Command has implanted specialized software tools into the power grid infrastructure of Russia to give affirming cyber warfare’s offensive posture to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The article stated that Mr. Trump was unaware of the developments as he wasn’t briefed on the software code to be used for surveillance purposes in his last meeting with the Pentagon’s cyber team.
NYT said in the article that the spying tools were emended with traits such as launching cyber attacks on other country’s infrastructure.
However, a source from White House said that the US Military command was acting as per the new law amended by Congress last year which says that any “Clandestine Military Activity” in cyberspace doesn’t need presidential approval anymore.
A source from the Trump administration did agree to the NYT statement that things have turned aggressive in cyberspace since last year as the US has been probing Russia’s electrical grid infrastructure since 2012. She added that coming days will see more potential as the country wants to retaliate to Russia’s meddling in 2016 US Elections and mid-term elections of November last year.
John Bolton, the National Security Advisor said that the US made a response to the election meddling by launching more aggressive campaigns from June this year. But he never chose to emphasize them on a detailed note for reasons.