In what may prove to be the most serious terror threat to the United States since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and various American intelligence services are now reporting that Russia has been and is still attempting to penetrate the U.S. power grid.
Minutes after the White House finally announced the imposition of new economic sanctions against 19 Russians for interference in the 2016 election, the Associated Press also reported:
“The Trump administration is accusing Russia of a new and ongoing operation to penetrate the U.S. energy grid.
“U.S. national security officials say … that Russian intelligence and others are behind attacks on the American energy sector. The U.S. officials said the energy industry targets were chosen deliberately.
“The officials say the Russians obtained access to the energy system and ‘conducted network reconnaissance’ of industrial control systems that run U.S. factories and the electricity grid. The officials say they’ve helped companies kick the Russians out of all systems currently known to have been penetrated.”
The new sanctions which were finally enforced by the administration are part of a package of penalties passed by Congress late last year. They include penalties against officials working for the Russian military intelligence agency, GRU, which was extremely involved in spreading false information during the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The Treasury Department, according to the AP:
“Says the GRU and Russia’s military both interfered in the American election and were ‘directly responsible’ for the NotPetya cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe in June 2017.”
However, the administration did not directly address the matter of whether or not new sanctions would be levied against Russia for their attacks on the U.S. power grid.
In announcing the long delayed sanctions, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said:
“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure. These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”
But the question still remains: What took the administration so damn long?
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