U.S. government hacked into Russian electricity network

The United States has been accused by Vladimir Putin’s administration of deploying a series of cyberattacks against Russia’s energy infrastructure, information security services specialists reported. According to the experts, American intelligence agencies have investigated Russian electrical systems for at least the last six years.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says spies and American intelligence officials and experts in hacking have injected a dangerous variant of malware into their power grids. “The main Russian government agencies are working hard to counter the U.S. attack,” the spokesman says.

Over the past year, American energy companies and oil and gas operators across North America discovered that their networks had been examined by Russian hackers, similar to Russian attacks on Ukraine computer infrastructure, which last year experienced cyberattacks deployed from Russian territory, reported information security services specialists.

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s administration believes that the main reason Russian hackers have tried to infiltrate the networks of American companies is the closeness of the 2020 election because, as has already been proven, Russia managed to intervene in the proc that U.S. election in 2016, and they would try to do this again.

According to information security services experts from the International Cyber Security Institute (IICS), Russia would try to cause power outages in some key states during the election. Paul Nakasone of the U.S. Cybersecurity Agency has expressed the intention of Donald Trump’s administration to defend itself against any attempted cyberattack commanded by the Russian government.  

So far there is no evidence that the U.S. government’s cyberattacks against Russia have been successful; on the other hand, Russia’s alleged cyberattacks against the U.S. have not been successful either.

International tension is growing; A few days ago, a suspected cyberattack caused a massive blackout in several South American countries, setting off alarm bells for possible nation-state-sponsored hacking activities.