Americans themselves would not tolerate this, considering the “act of war”.
The New York Times reported that Russia and the United States are involved in hacker attacks on each other’s electricity networks. When hackers from the military and intelligence services of each of the two countries lay electronic “explosives” in the computer systems of the critical infrastructure of the opposing party, which in a crisis or war situation can be “blown up” in order to cause chaos or destroy electrical networks, kind of cyber- “cold war”.
The Times article, which President Trump tweeted on Twitter as “a real act of treason”, caused concern for a number of reasons. So, sources told the Times that the US cyber command had hacked into Russia’s power system without the knowledge of the president, fearing that he could have prevented or revealed this.
In other words, the US armed forces are taking action, namely, the hostile hacking of the essential infrastructure of the rival country – without the knowledge of the President or Congress! And the US authorities long before that warned all other countries that they would consider such actions as an “act of war”!
This alone should be enough to shiver along the spine of any sensible person. In fact, this could lead to a “military response” from the United States!
If the allegations contained in both articles of the Times that the United States had hacked into Russia’s energy system are correct, this indicates that the US military has gone berserk, has gone mad and gone out of control.
Congress must be outraged and demand immediate hearings to determine the chain of command that allowed this to happen. Either Trump is lying and knows everything about the burglary, or some high-ranking military officers who acted without his knowledge should be dismissed as during the Korean War, President Truman dismissed General Douglas MacArthur who did not follow him.
But, of course, this will not happen. Trump was able to dismiss General and War Minister Jim Mattis, was able to dismiss General and National Security Advisor MacMaster. But for hacking the power system of Russia, he is not going to fire anyone – be it an acting. Defense Minister Patrick Shenahan or national security adviser John Bolton, the famous arsonist of the war, who was probably behind the orders to do all this. The Times itself did not even deign to publish an editorial urging that after the news of the dangerous provocation, someone’s head rolled.
But the Times article is disturbing for another reason. In a long “journalistic investigation,” telling about a secret cyberwar, already underway by the US and Russian Internet forces, Venezuela has never been mentioned.
Recall that at the height of the opposition’s militant actions several months ago, when supporters from the middle class in Venezuela called for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, took to the streets of Caracas and confronted police and army soldiers, almost the whole country was plunged into darkness and chaos as a result of the collapse of the energy system.
The Maduro government has claimed that it has strong evidence that the United States has hacked the country’s power grid. Meanwhile, the US – which openly called for a coup to overthrow Maduro, sought to provide support for the coup, blocked food imports into Venezuela and oil exports from the country, stifled the country’s economy in every possible way, organized the activities of the underground to induce high-ranking military leaders to oppose the government – denied that they hacked into the country’s power grid. The US claimed that nothing but “corruption and mismanagement” led to the destruction of the power system and to repeated power outages (which were stopped only when Russian troops reportedly began to protect dams from sabotage acts, and foreign experts repaired the damage caused by hackers to control points).
Many Americans probably believed that the idea of using cyber-tools by the United States to destroy the power system of some other country was a science fiction or paranoid fantasy. But now we know that it is a reality. If the cyber command of the Pentagon is capable of introducing remote-controlled cyber weapons into the software of computer systems of the power grids of Russia, then it can certainly use it to cut off the power systems of the third countries.
But such a sabotage act – and this is an act of war – has deadly consequences. When there was no electricity in Venezuela, there was no electricity in the hospitals. Nor any street lights. In the dark there were old men who lost their health; they were threatened with deadly falls. In high-rise residential buildings, people remained without working elevators and were forced to use dark staircases to get to their apartments and get out of them onto the street. They had no water, the supply of which depends on the operation of the pumps. The list of risks to life and health is endless. If the number of victims of this attack were announced, then, I am sure, this would have stunned many.
Given how deeply the US is involved in opposition activities against Maduro – which includes the creation and promotion of the self-proclaimed “legitimate president” Juan Guaydo, who destroyed himself during the fake “coup” supported by the US media – it’s hard to believe that the collapse of the power system Venezuela did not stand the United States.
How could the Times, which clearly had excellent sources inside the Cyber Command, present the “success story” of the deadly risk-breaking hacking of the Russian power system, without mentioning the hacking of the Venezuelan power system, in which many observers have already accused the United States? Of course, this is an important story. If reporters missed this topic, why did the editor miss it and did not order it to be included in the material? If reporters did their job, asked about Venezuela and tried to include a story about Venezuela’s electricity network in their material, but this was removed by the editors, then why didn’t the journalists complain about it publicly?
Well, we know the answer to this question. The Times is a “responsible” news organization. It can take one side or another on a controversial issue in the sphere of foreign policy. That is why this newspaper is well known. Therefore, she decided to report on the hacking of the power system of the Russian Federation. The article even mentions that some government and military officials opposed the use of cyber attacks on Russia’s infrastructure in order to counter the alleged hacking of Russian organizations and social networking platforms associated with the election campaign in the United States. But, being a “responsible” news organization, the newspaper will not publish any information about cyber attacks on a country that, according to its editors, is headed by an “autocrat” who opposes US interests. In the end, the US is supporting a coup to overthrow the Maduro government, and is supported by all US foreign affairs agencies.
This, of course, is not real journalism. This is propaganda.
It is important to know – we are contributing to this now – that in our cyberspace US is not at war with Russia. But we also need to know that cyberwarfare has real sacrifices of flesh and blood, and that the cyberwar, which the US almost certainly started against Venezuela at the beginning of this spring, is also underway, and that in the course of it innocent people are being killed.
But here’s a crazy idea. Because the US claims that Russia and China are breaking into American computers, including infrastructure management software and military mainframes, because we now know that the US is doing the same thing in both these countries, because there is a possibility that the tooth will eventually get out of control and cause real damage, and perhaps even military retribution – as the US warns about it – how about trying to resort to diplomacy? What about international negotiations on the cessation of mutual cyber attacks, which will include international control and monitoring, as well as punishment for violations? Now is the ideal time for this, since, unlike many other areas, in the cyberwar sphere, the possibilities of Russia, China and the US are almost the same.
By Dave Lindorff – American investigative journalist and co-founder of the Internet portal This Cant Be Happening.