Russia Continues to Hack, Trump Points Fingers Elsewhere

If you thought Russian hacking was limited to our election system, think again. Now U.S. intelligence agencies also believe Russia to be behind a series of hacks into the computer systems at nuclear power plants across America since May.

Although formal accusations have not been conducted yet – publicly anyway – sources told the press that Russian hackers are the main suspects, due in large part to the methods of hacking being nearly identical to how Russia has hacked other energy grids abroad in recent years.

Evidently, hackers sent infected documents masquerading as resumes to industrial control engineers at the nuclear power plants. When opened, it enabled hackers to gain control of the computers remotely.

Feasibly, hackers could use this access to shut the power off for large portions of the country. Most famously, in 2015, Russia used similar hacking techniques to take shut down a large power grid in Ukraine.

This new information has emerged at quite an interesting time, notably, the same day U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although their discussion occurred behind closed doors, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the media that Trump “pressed” Putin on the issue of election meddling at least twice, and Putin denied any involvement.

Russian state media reported that Trump “accepted” Putin’s word that the Russian government played no part, though the Trump team disputed that Trump had indeed taken Putin’s word on that matter.

If Trump does believe that Russia is responsible for the hacking, he’s done a good job of masking that fact in light of recent comments. He’s previously tried to pass suspicion off on China for the hacking, and this week, he gave a reporter a funny answer to the question, “Will you, once and for all – yes or no – definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election?”

Trump’s response was, “I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries. I think a lot of people interfere.” So much for a definitive answer!

What’s remarkable about Trump’s comments is that they are completely at odds with multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that have openly declared that they are certain Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 election. James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence during the election said, “We saw no evidence that there was anyone involved other than the Russians.”

Meanwhile, here we have a president who’s inventing unsubstantiated reasons to investigate election integrity while completely ignoring Russian hackers who legitimately threaten the sanctity of future elections. That Trump is making these denials at the same time that authorities are looking into this administration’s potential collusion with Russia just makes the situation even more suspect.

The fact that Russia is also now testing its ability to take down American power grids is further proof that Russia is not a friend of the United States. We need a president who will stand up to these threats – and before he can do that, even, he needs to be able to take these existing threats seriously.

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218 comments

David F
David Fabout a year ago

After a Year and a half of the Fake News Industrial complex, including Care2, nonstop lies and scamming half the country, still zero evidence of Trump colluding with the Russians.
Mega-evidence that nearly the entire Obama administration was up to their neck colluding with each other and the Russians to influence the outcome of our election, and it didn't stop with the election.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

There is nothing new about Russia hacking or trying to meddle with elections. They have been doing it for a hundred years.

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Darlene Buckingham

There is a big difference between blaming someone else for everything that is going wrong and holding people responsible for the decisions that they do make and the consequences of those decisions. There needs to be more accountability in government. Hacking, fake news and trolling are all tactics to never take responsibility for anything and blame others. This leads to poor decision making and problem-solving. We need leaders that are willing to stand accountable and care about creating a better world.

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heather g
heather g1 years ago

Dump wanted to share security with putin's Russia but his govt must have made him retract that offer. Can you imagine what Putin thought of the yellow peril.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E1 years ago

Darlene,
Too bad you don't really know what you're talking about. Learn something before you spout of in the blame game.

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Darlene Buckingham

Politicians don't really care or are hearing what people want. If they were held responsible for their mistakes things would then change for the better a lot faster!

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Darlene Buckingham

Rhoberta: Instead of looking at your behaviour you accuse everyone else so you will never change and raise the bar. That is exactly what is happening in politics. Both democrats and republicans have to improve their decision making and that will only happen if people themselves improve their behaviour. You can't ask someone else to improve if you don't improve yourself. HAving said that politicians have taken a sacred trust to work for the people and clearly they are breaking this trust over and over. Instead of taking responsibility and improving matters politicians have become trolls, and finger pointers. Nothing changes and in fact, conditions are deteriorating. Obama made many mistakes. For example, Obama Care was passed in haste, without one Republican vote and not even having read the whole Act! How did Obama and the Democrats think there would not be repercussions to this. Not that Trump is handling a bad situation. He is making it worse. We need leaders that take responsibility for their actions, desire to create a better world and stop trolling and finger pointing that only keeps the vicious cycle going. Good point to get involved in the NAFTA talks. I would say at this point that we have to stop allowing politicians to make the rules if they don't work and hold them responsible. Politicians don't really care or are hearing what people want is also a good point. If they were held responsible for their mistakes things would then change for the better a lot

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E1 years ago

brian f
I have actually agreed with many things you have said but you don't choose to recognize that.
Rehashing something over and over again doesn't make it go away and it won't change the past.
Most people no matter their politics or country are not clones and we all have a slightly different take on things. The trick is to move FORWARD for the benefit of the people. Those politicians that you rant on about don't really care and they certainly don't hear you.
There is enough going on in both our countries to TRY and make a difference. Look into NAFTA and what we could BOTH benefit from. The talks are underway now and I know only what Canadians DON'T want on some issues. Then I act by contacting those who make the "rules".
Just TRY and not rehash the stuff that has already happened.

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Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

Rhoberta E There is nothing wrong with pointing out that corporations own our media and both our corrupt parties. I constantly bring this up, because Care2 only shows articles about the corruption of Trump and the Republicans, but doesn’t also point out that corporations own the Democratic party as well. As I pointed out, most of the Democrats are not supporting progressive policies that we desperately need in this country like Medicare for All, marijuana legalization, a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, an end to mass incarceration, and our failed drug war, and free colleges, because they are bought and paid for by corporations like the republicans. Only a few honest politicians like Tulsi Gabbard, Jill Stein, and Bernie Sanders support these policies, but are shut out of power by our two corrupt corporate owned parties and our media. You don’t have to agree with everything I say, but when you and Regus descend into personal insults, this solves nothing. If you want to talk about the serious political problems we have in this country, I’m open to talk about them, but when you disagree with someone, please state why you disagree with them, and what your position on the issue is. I have also descended into insults, and name calling, so I’ll try to clean up my act also.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E1 years ago

Well, I guess Darlene is just as bad as brian f.
Darlene I will NOT tell you again to leave me alone. Y are the troll just like brian.
Why not own up to your OWN behavior !!!

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