US-Russia tensions: US hackers strike back at Russia

10:07 Nov. 5, 2016

US hackers strike back at Russia

The White House (GettyImages Photo)

American military hackers have allegedly penetrated Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to possible attacks

The United States military hackers have penetrated Russia's telecommunications networks, electric grid and the Kremlin's command system, making them vulnerable to further attack, if Washington sees the necessity for it.

Read also: Ukrainian hackers leak more emails of Putin's aide

This is according to a senior intelligence official and secret documents, seen by NBC News.

US reps earlier have expressed concerns that Russian cyber specialists could attempt to disrupt the American Presidential election, scheduled to take place on November 8.

While Washington says Russian attack on crucial US infrastructure would be an act of war which is unlikely, it anticipates possible release of fake documents, aimed to spread misinformation.

Read also: Obama prepares ‘proportional' response to Russian hacker attacks

As the Western media told previously, the White House is preparing to combat this threat, but the cyber weapons would only be used in the unlikely event the US was attacked in a significant way.

Russian officials have already reacted to the NBC article, labeling the US as a country that 'encourages government cyber terrorism'.

'Blaming 'Russian hackers' is a desperate attempt to distract the public opinion from the uncovered shady facts and focus it on the Kremlin's 'conspiracy theory' against the White House', Russia's high-ranking official Konstantin Kosachev posted on Facebook. 

He said the US accusations aren't supported with evidence, and named America is 'growingly unpredictable and dangerous'. 

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