【美国在俄罗斯电网中植入了恶意软件】

【美国在俄罗斯电网中植入了恶意软件】据美媒报道,美国已经在俄罗斯电网和其他目标内部植入了恶意软件,作为对俄罗斯组织Xenotime潜入美国电力公司的回应。这项工作由五角大楼领导。美国称希望这些披露将起到威慑作用,阻止俄罗斯未来对其系统的任何攻击。

A Russian power plant, behind a gas station

It’s a step up from previous efforts that focused more on reconnaissance than attack.

The news: The US has deployed code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets as part of its work to push back against hacking and disinformation from Moscow, the New York Times reports. The revelation comes just three days after the news that a Russia-linked group called Xenotime has started laying the early groundwork for potential attacks on US power companies.

The details: Inevitably, there are few specifics given the sensitivity of the topic. However, the work is being led by the US Cyber Command, an arm of the Pentagon. It’s permitted by a new law passed last summer, which approves "clandestine military activity" in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend" against attacks.

A warning: The US hopes that these revelations will act as a deterrent against any future attacks by Russia on its systems. But there’s always the risk that it could fuel an escalation instead.

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https://www.technologyreview.com/f/613782/russia-cybersecurity-power-stations-cyberattack-malware/


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