A frantic article appeared Friday night on NBC News called “U.S. Government Hackers Ready To Hit Back if Russia Tries To Disrupt Election.”
In the article, U.S. government sources clearly warn of the possibility of cyberwar with Russia in the near future. The article foreshadows a new likely talking point: that U.S. government hacker interference in the election is necessitated by supposed Russian aggression.
NBC News reports:
U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin’s command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary, according to a senior intelligence official and top-secret documents reviewed by NBC News.
American officials have long said publicly that Russia, China and other nations have probed and left hidden malware on parts of U.S critical infrastructure, “preparing the battlefield,” in military parlance, for cyber attacks that could turn out the lights or turn off the internet across major cities.