It is anticipated that the Obama regime will announce as early as tomorrow the retaliatory steps that are in the works to take against Russia for the alleged cyber assault that may have affected the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
The 2016 election was one of the most intense and contested political races the world has ever witnessed and the losing party continues to find excuses and reasons as to why they lost, the latest being Russia influenced the results.
Federal authorities are expected to further detail why they are so confident that Russia was behind the hacks and attempted to influence the U.S. election.
Sources said that groups believed to be involved in the Russian-backed operations will be named.
Authorities stated a Russian-backed cyber assault on Democratic political organizations during the 2016 presidential campaign resulted in leaked emails that proved damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Sources told ABC News the announcement would include only public steps, particularly economic sanctions, and is not expected to reveal any possible covert actions being taken by U.S. intelligence agencies.
It will add a little more clarity about why authorities believe Russia is to blame, one source said.
The expected announcement is not the culmination of the broad review of Russian hacking recently ordered by President Obama.
That review is ongoing and its findings will not be released until next month.
The Washington Post first reported that the new sanctions against Russia could be announced as early as this week.
Cyber Retaliation against Russia for allegedly meddling in the U.S. election may be limited by fear among U.S. officials of Russia’s ability to fire back with devastating consequences.
According to former top government cyber expert and the CEO of cybersecurity firm Invincea, Anup Ghosh, American officials are aware that the Russians have already penetrated portions of U.S. critical infrastructure.
He said the Russians “have the capability and the will” to pull the trigger on these cyber implants; Russia used similar malware in cyberattacks that crippled huge swaths of the Ukrainian power grid during the Crimean crisis.
Ghosh is also a former top official at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, an arm of the Defense Department that creates and adapts emerging technologies for military use.
Ghosh stated that a significant U.S. cyberattack on Russia would carry “a huge risk” of retaliation and that he doubts the U.S. could “dominate that retaliation.” That is one of the unspoken reasons the Obama administration has been saying any retaliation against Russia will be “proportional,”.
He further explained that he expects that the primary U.S. action will have to be similar to the approach used against China, with sanctions and diplomatic and law enforcement tools used to try to deter the behavior.
When asked about the U.S. response to the Russian cyberattacks, White House spokesman Josh Earnest would say only that the United States “will respond at a time and with a means of our choosing.”
Is this latest action by Obama enough to further push Russia to retaliate by taking out the US power grid?
Security experts agree that Russia possesses the capability to do so.