President Trump says the US conducted a 2018 cyberattack on Russian trolls :
President Trump told The Washington Post that he authorized a 2018 cyberattack on the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), the primary time he’s acknowledged doing so. In an interview with Post columnist Marc Thiessen, Trump confirmed that the cyberattack — which the Post reported on last year— started on the day of the 2018 midterm and was successful in disrupting a disinformation campaign by Russia that was meant to boost doubt about the midterm results.
“Look, we stopped it,” the president told Thiessen.
In 2016, the IRA operated a troll factory as a part of Russia’s overall election meddling, which also included stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee. within the past, President Trump had questioned whether Russia was involved within the DNC hack, despite the evidence from American intelligence services that Russia was responsible.
During the Post interview Trump suggested that former President Barack Obama was conscious of and did little to stop Russia’s hacking attempts. But because the Post points out, President Obama not only called out Russia for the DNC hack but suggested that Russian President Putin was directly involved within the efforts. In December 2016, Obama imposed sanctions on Russia over the election hacking.