U.S. escalates online attacks on Russia's power grid

Trump denies New York Times’ report on more frequent US cyber-attacks against Russia

"This is outright treason of a once great newspaper that so desperately wants a story, any story, even if it is bad for our country", tweeted Trump in the night to Sunday.

The Times responded that "accusing the press of treason is dangerous" and defended itself against the serious charge by saying that Trump's own people had okayed the report.

The Times reported that the United States has increased measures to penetrate Russia's power grid as a message to Moscow to stay out of American cyber infrastructure.

The US leader also stopped short of explaining what exactly he believes constitutes a treason - the mere fact that the paper unveiled Washington's presumably top secret operation, or that the revelation might further erode the US image of the world's moral beacon.

The NYT article describes months of interview with various anonymous government officials who state that the U.S.is increasing its cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid.

President Trump is denying that the U.S. Is ramping up cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid and that it's placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system.

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The administration declined to describe specific actions it was taking under the new authorities, which were granted separately by the White House and Congress a year ago to United States Cyber Command, the arm of the Pentagon that runs the military's offensive and defensive operations in the online world.

The article says that the administration declined to describe the specific actions it was taking under the new powers that were granted past year by the White House and Congress to the special US Cyber Command, the arm of the Pentagon that specialises in the military's offensive and defensive cyber operations.

It's meant partly as a warning and also to position the U.S.to conduct cyber attacks, should a significant conflict with Russian Federation arise.

Plus, President Trump isn't the only person sounding the alarm against fake media and, specifically, The New York Times. This is not true, he added.

"Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today", he wrote. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequences!

"Because the new law defines the actions in cyberspace as akin to traditional military activity on the ground, in the air or at sea, no such briefing would be necessary", officials reportedly told The New York Times.

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