NBC News reported that the United States is planning a possible cyberattack against Russia in retaliation for its interference in the American presidential election.
“The CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging clandestine cyber operation designed to harass and embarrass the Kremlin leadership,” the report said.
US Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that “we’re sending a message to Putin”, adding that the timing will ensure the greatest possible impact.
The US government has accused Russia of conducting cyberattacks against American political organisations during the campaigns for the US presidential election, including the hacking of Democratic Party emails.
The US intelligence community “is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organisations”.
It said the alleged hacked emails disclosed on WikiLeaks and other websites by the persona “Guccifer 2.0” were “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”