President Donald Trump smashed out at The New York Times on Saturday for a statement that the United States has been growing its cyber-intrusions into Russia, intensifying pressures among the two countries.
The Times stated that the United States has amplified measures to enter Russia’s power grid as a communication to Moscow to stay out of American cyber structure. The hard work lay an aggressive foundation for an attack on the Russian grid on an extraordinary scale if the two nations were to enter struggle, the Times described.
The escalation has encouraged fears of overheating pressures with Russia, the Times described. How extensively the U.S. has breached Russian systems remains classified.
Citing administration officials, the Times also described Trump was not informed in detail on the program out of anxiety that he might spill secrets to the Russians as he did with secret data to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during an Oval Office conference in 2017. That event, exposed by The Washington Post, allegedly put a vital source on ISIS at risk.
Trump completely rejected the Times’ story, calling it “a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so crazy for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.
“Whatever goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, of any kind it takes, with not even the smallest amount thought of consequence! These are right cowards and without hesitation, THE OPPONENT OF THE PEOPLE!” Trump tweeted.
The Times story arises after U.S. intelligence reports of Russian penetration into American cyber substructure, counting nuclear power plants. Even now, the United States has forced sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 votes through a number of cyberattacks, from misrepresentation campaigns to hacking the Democratic National Committee’s network.