US aggressiveness is growing, and threats to carry out cyberattacks against Russia are unprecedented, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, adding that Russia will take “precautionary measures.”
“The fact is, US unpredictability and aggression keep growing, and such threats against Moscow and our country’s leadership are unprecedented, because the threat is being announced at the level of the US Vice President,” Peskov told RIA Novosti. “Of course, given such an aggressive, unpredictable line, we have to take measures to protect our interests, somehow hedge the risks,” he said, adding that “such unpredictability is dangerous for the whole world.”
US Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that Washington is ready to respond to hack attacks allegedly conducted by Russia and designed to interfere with the upcoming US elections.
“Why haven’t we sent a message yet to Putin,” Chuck Todd, host of the “Meet the Press” show on NBC, asked Joe Biden.
“We are sending a message [to Putin]… We have a capacity to do it, and…”
“He’ll known it?” Todd interfered.
“He’ll know it. It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact,” the US vice president replied. v
His threats coincided with an NBC News report citing “current and former officials,” claiming that the CIA is planning a “clandestine” cyberattack on Russia in retaliation for its alleged efforts to influence the US elections against Hillary Clinton. The “wide-ranging operation” is meant to “embarrass” Russia’s leadership, NBC News reported.
The report claimed to have direct knowledge of the situation, saying the CIA had been tasked with providing options to the White House.
WikiLeaks, however, has expressed doubt over the seriousness of the report about the “clandestine” cyberwar on Russia.
“If the US ‘clandestine’ pending cyberwar on Russia was serious: 1) it would not have been announced 2) it would be the NSA [National Security Agency] and not the CIA,” WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.
Accusations against Russia have become louder in recent days with WikiLeaks releasing thousands of the so called “Podesta emails,” exposing Hillary Clinton’s connections to Wall Street and controversial views on Syria, among other things. Some mainstream media outlets were quick to accuse the Kremlin of teaming up with WikiLeaks, allegedly providing it with massive amounts of inside scoops to post. The evidence-free allegations have been denied both by Moscow and by WikiLeaks.
Responding to accusations last week, the Russian presidential press secretary mentioned that “tens of thousands of hackers” try to break into the sites of Russian officials on a daily basis, but this never prompted Moscow to point a finger at Washington.
Cyber Warfare? Air Force Kept Silent on Possible Russian Attack Against “Secret Drone Support Network”
Officially, they aren’t admitting anything.
Unofficially, the possibility that Russia or some independent hacking group caused the failure is clear to most observers, and a great worry to the military leaders and politicians running the system.
It wasn’t just some glitch, and it wasn’t an insignificant system that went offline.
The DoD’s secret computer network, SIPRNet, which serves as a support network for classified intelligence on drone targets, as well as target location data, was interrupted. And during the time period when the system interference occurred, a number of drone strikes went wrong.
The problem was only noticed after-the-fact, but was later attributed as a possible source of the operational failures throughout the Middle East region – including Syria. But nothing is proven.
The US Air Force is reportedly looking into a computer system outage at a base it uses to operate armed drones over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The failure could be linked to a number of fatal battlefield incidents days after it was revealed.
However, the Air Force has kept silent, refusing to publicly elaborate on either the outage or the possible impact it had.
The system failure dates back to September 9, but was only discovered nearly a month later from a contractor notice from the government.
The Air Force posted a bid on FedBizOpps, the government’s primary tender market, on October 7, saying that “the SIPRNet system currently in operation at Creech AFB failed and critical services were impacted.”
SIPRNet stands for the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, a “hidden” intranet that lets the Department of Defense exchange classified information, intelligence, data on strategic targets and more.
The network is essential for Nevada-located Creech Air Force Base, a “launch pad” for America’s armed drones, such as Predators and Reapers, which the US military operates over Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The notice read that the services were “somewhat restored” and stabilized via “multiple less powerful devices,” but help was need to upgrade the system.
As SHTF just reported in an exclusive, the Navy has been soliciting major upgrades and investing in new protocols to protect its electronic communications on board SSBN nuclear submarines and other classes of subs.
Solicitation notices on FedBizOpps.gov reveals that there is considerable effort going into upgrading, fortifying and securing communications technology– particularly for SSBNs, one of the most important pieces on the chess board.
Nuclear submarines must be in constant communication around the world, in any waters, and be able to avoid detection. However, compromised communications could cutoff communications or render subs ineffective when they are needed most.
Here’s a list of just some of the very recent solicitation notices for some serious electronic warfare defense upgrades
There is obviously a major problem, and it appears that the U.S. military is working feverishly to cover the gaps in its network security. But vulnerabilities will always appear.
The coming age of warfare will be deadly and unpredictable.
Both Russia and China now possess immense powers in electronic and cyber warfare, and have been gearing up for a 21st Century world war on all fronts.
Now, there is a real world incident (not just hypothetical). A drone base was effectively taken offline; and drones have become an essential part of the Obama Administration’s strategy in the region. It seems that the U.S. was caught with its pants down – not that they have admitted it to the public.
If this is indeed what took place, it is a potent and chilling demonstration of the new factors in warfare that will come into play in a huge way, especially if two or more world powers were to clash in warfare.
Electronic Over-Dependence in a Collapsing Empire?
The big problem that United States faces is not an issue of military superiority directly; obviously, more money is poured into wars and weapons than anything else. It is part and parcel to why foreign policy is so aggressive.
The problem is one of empire strain, of fatigue in the American public’s support for war and a depletion of the strength and numbers of its service men and women.
After 14 long years in Afghanistan, bitter blowback in Iraq and a problem with radical Islam that keeps cropping up like the hydra, the United States is in danger of being sapped in the long game. If it is compensating through leverage in the cyber war, then it has even greater vulnerabilities.
This problem of fatigue contributed significantly to the long, painful and confusing military loss in the quagmire of Vietnam.
Even as this dangerous and ill-advised path to regime change continues, the U.S. intentionally prods for war against Russia and Iran, among others.
The remaking of world order is going to be nasty and brutal indeed. Prepare accordingly.