Obama Ordered Cyberweapons Implanted Into Russia's Infrastructure

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

A new report from the Washington Post today quoted a series of Obama Administration officials reiterating their official narrative on Russia’s accused hacking of the 2016 election. While most of the article is simply rehashes and calls for sanctions, they also revealed a secret order by President Obama in the course of “retaliation” for the alleged hacking.

This previously secret order involved having US intelligence design and implant a series of cyberweapons into Russia’s infrastructure systems, with officials saying they are meant to be activated remotely to hit the most important networks in Russia and are designed to “cause them pain and discomfort.”

The implants, developed by the NSA, are designed to hit Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted,” a former U.S. official told the Post.

 

They could be activated in the event that Russia attacked a U.S. power grid or interfered in a future U.S. presidential race.

The US has, of course, repeatedly threatened “retaliatory” cyberattacks against Russia, and promised to knock out broad parts of their economy in doing so. These appear to be the first specific plans to have actually infiltrate Russian networks and plant such weapons to do so.

Despite the long-standing nature of the threats, by the end of Obama’s last term in office this was all still in the “planning” phases. It’s not totally clear where this effort has gone from there, but officials say that the intelligence community, once given Obama’s permission, did not need further approval from Trump to continue on with it, and he’d have actually had to issue a countermanding order, something they say he hasn’t.

"U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from (President) Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it," the Post reported.

 

"The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so."

The details are actually pretty scant on how far along the effort is, but the goal is said to be for the US to have the ability to retaliate at a moment’s notice the next time they have a cyberattack they intend to blame on Russia.

Unspoken in this lengthy report, which quotes unnamed former Obama Administration officials substantially, advocating the effort, is that in having reported that such a program exists, they’ve tipped off Russia about the threat.

This is, however, reflective of the priority of the former administration, which is to continuing hyping allegations that Russia got President Trump elected, a priority that’s high enough to sacrifice what was supposed to be a highly secretive cyberattack operation.

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Manthong chunga Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

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  Damn Rooskies. We never would have booby trapped any of their infrastructure if it wasn’t for their bad behavior. The US is pure as the wind-driven snow.

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Lumberjack chunga Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

I agree. Ben Franklin wanted a turkey as the national bird. Somehow I think he was right.

My brother raised turkeys and I once saw the tom, named Buckshot, put the fear of god in 2 rottweilers. Motherfucker would try to hump anything, even me when I was working under sis in laws car. I swatted him and he came back and put the wings to me....it hurt thus the name buckshot. I was gonna kill it...

A few days later, a lady friend dropped by with 2 rotties in her car. Dogs see buckshot and I see dogs fly out of car and figured ole buckshot was dinner.
The dogs stopped about 2 feet away when buckshot looked em square in the eye and then....gobbled. You'd a thought the dogs saw the devil himself.Then buckshot pecked them on the ass and put the wings to them. The dogs beelined yipping to her car of which the drivers door was opened and jumped inside with ole buckshot following. The dogs bailed for the back seat with buckshot right on their asses. They proceeded to bail up front and out the door with ole buckshot in pursuit. The dogs ran around the car several times before bailing back in and I closed the door before he got in. Guess I saved the dogs. Buckshot lived to see thankgiving.

True story.

Would an eagle do that?

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blindfaith Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:23 Permalink

  The PEACH PRESIDENT...the LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT ...the UP HOLDER OF THE US CONSTITUTIONthe WORST PRESIDENT IN THE NATION'S HISTORY....just wait until all the rest of the lice eggs hatch and infect America with his love........Later that day.....

Dank fur Kopf Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:27 Permalink

Windows and Apple stocks take a hit?Russians can always install Qubes OS (it's what Snowden uses and is free) if they want to avoid being collateral damage.

krage_man Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:26 Permalink

Strongly doubt that USA operation was successful.

Russian software are almost all domestically built, and they are paranoid about spyware/spy-hardware, so just don't believe that nation with nuclear weapons would not have proper precautions in place...

Billy the Poet roadhazard Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:35 Permalink

I can find this story in other media. The Russian conspiracy is apparently much bigger than you thought. Report: Obama ordered cyber 'implants' for Russian network in ...USA TODAY-Jun 23, 2017President Obama, angered by Russian hacking during the 2016 elections, authorized a covert cyber operation to deploy "implants" in Russian ...Obama reportedly ordered implants to be deployed in key Russian ...Ars Technica-Jun 23, 2017Obama Ordered 'Cyberbombs' in Response to Russian Hacking ...Newsweek-Jun 23, 2017The Post's new findings in Russia's bold campaign to influence the ...In-Depth-Washington Post-Jun 23, 2017Eye-Popping WaPo Report Explains Why Obama's Retaliation ...Blog-Slate Magazine (blog)-Jun 23, 2017Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assaultIn-Depth-Miami Herald-Jun 23, 2017

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