The Pentagon and the US intelligence community plan to launch a counter-cyberattack on Russia if the country interferes with US midterm elections, according to a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity. In preparation, US military hackers have already been given permission to access Russian cybersystems necessary to complete the attack, said the report.
This movement is one of the cyber battle plans organized since President Donald Trump signed an executive order that streamlines the review of such operations, said the report. Essentially, the new policy allows for potential offensive actions to be executed more quickly upon attack.
The plan’s existence is proof that America is integrating itself more into cybercombat, said the report. With technology embedded into the inner workings of society, cyberattacks are an inevitable threat vector, even in politics. In fact, the report warned that cyberattacks are “becoming a regular currency of warfare.”
Concerns surrounding election cybersecurity reached a new height in the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers tried to infiltrate the election systems of 21 US states. While none of the systems were reportedly breached, the voter registration databases were targeted.