The Biden administration is preparing to launch cyber-attacks against Russian networks in retaliation for Russia’s alleged massive cyber-attacks against the United States carried out in the last weeks of Donald Trump’s tenure at the White House, according to the American newspaper The New York Times.
In a report published on March 7, The New York Times states that a “series of secret cyber-operations” against Russia will be launched over the next three weeks without the knowledge of anyone except President Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence agencies.
Referring to informed sources, the newspaper says that the measure is both a response to the cyber-attacks known as SolarWinds and a signal to Russia.
In an interview with The New York Times last week, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan supported the idea of conducting covert cyber-attacks against Russia in retaliation for the recent alleged Russian cyber-attacks.
The White House national security adviser also told CBS News that the United States would use a combination of visible and invisible tools to attack Russia.
In March 2020, hackers began inserting malware into software updates of the U.S. computer company SolarWinds. Hackers infiltrated the Office software used by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), with employee emails monitored for months.
The scale and complexity of the cyber-attacks against U.S. institutions, it should be recalled, were such that Washington was unable to thwart the attacks or determine the extent of the damage.
While Washington accuses Moscow of being behind the cyber attacks, the Kremlin spokesman and other Russian officials denied the allegations as baseless and called on Washington to stop them.
According to Russia Today, possible U.S. cyber attacks against Russia will likely coincide with Washington’s economic sanctions against Moscow.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN