- Jun 17, 2019 8:09 pm GMT
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Published over the weekend in NYT, this article paints an unsettling picture of the future. US authorities are stepping up attacks on the Russian electric grid in response to incursions from the country. A professor quoted in the article calls it the modern-day equivalent of gunboat diplomacy. General Nakasone, head of General Command and the N.S.A, is responsible for the Russia Small Group. Apparently, the president has not been informed about the full extent of American capabilities for fear that he could screw it up.
There is, of course, past precedent. Ukraine blamed Russia for bringing down its electric grid. The article mentions two attacks by Russian hackers in America: at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation and the Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper Nuclear Station. The Stuxnet virus, which brought down Iran's nuclear facilities, is the most famous case of using viruses to cripple another country's systems.