Russian hackers focusing on US power grid more than electoral systems: Sources

Russian hackers focusing on US power grid more than electoral systems: Sources
29 Jul

US intelligence officials say Russian hackers are shifting their focus on the country’s power grid rather than its electoral systems, a report says.

According to a New York Times report on Saturday, the hackers are “state-sponsored.”

Moscow has already dismissed allegations of meddling in the 2016 election, which yielded President Donald Trump.

Citing “intelligence officials and executives of the companies that oversee the world’s computer networks,” the American newspaper said the hackers have boosted efforts to implant malware in the electrical grid.

The White House says President Trump is open to visiting Moscow after the Russian leader said he invited him for another one-on-one meeting.

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the Russian military intelligence agency had infiltrated the control rooms of power plants across the US.

The report follows allegations of Russian efforts to infiltrate the online accounts of two Senate Democrats up for re-election.

Trump, who is under investigation for alleged collusion with the Kremlin, “has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation state to other malicious actors,” according to a White House statement.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has lashed out at Moscow, saying Washington will never trust Russia or President Putin.

Twelve Russian military officers were accused of American election interference earlier this month.

Ever since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, the US intelligence community has overwhelmingly maintained that Moscow sought to meddle in the 2016 election.

Russia has denied meddling in the election as well as being in possession of any damaging information on the US president.

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