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cyber attack
June 16, 2019

President Trump is angry at The New York Times once again.

The newspaper reported on Saturday that the U.S. has enacted a more aggressive approach when it comes to cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid. The Times conducted interviews over a three month period in which current and former officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia's grid and other targets. The actions are reportedly seen as a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two administration officials told the Times that they do not believe President Trump has been briefed about the new digital incursion strategy, while Pentagon and intelligence officials told the newspaper that they were concerned about how the president would react to the news. They also reportedly feared he would reverse the operations or discuss the classified information with foreign officials.

Trump has denied the story, even calling it a "virtual act of treason." Read more at The New York Times. Tim O'Donnell

April 8, 2015

The French television network TV5Monde says that it was hacked by individuals with ties to Islamic State, who took over its websites and Facebook page and prevented the station from broadcasting programing for three hours late Wednesday.

By 1 a.m. Thursday, the Paris-based network was able to partially resume broadcasting, Agence France-Presse reports, but director general Yves Bigot said its systems were "severely damaged" by an "unprecedented attack" that had to have taken weeks to coordinate. The network also said it could take several days to become fully operational again.

On TV5Monde's Facebook page, the hackers posted what they claimed were the IDs of relatives of French soldiers involved in operations against ISIS, as well as several threats and warnings. "Soldiers of France, stay away from the Islamic State!" AFP reports one message said. "You have the chance to save your families, take advantage of it. The CyberCaliphate continues its cyberjihad against the enemies of Islamic State." Catherine Garcia

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