US carried out cyberattack against Russia in 2018: President Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump, on Saturday confirmed that the United States had conducted covert cyberattack against Russia’s Internet Research Agency in 2018, a CNN report said.
The Internet Research Agency is a troll farm blamed by the US for interfering both in the 2016 US presidential election and the 2018 midterm elections.
Trump confirmed this during an interview given to Marc Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Thiessen wrote in the Post that during the interview he asked Trump whether he had launched a cyberattack. Thiessen said Trump replied, “Correct.”
Trump said during the interview that in 2016, then-President Barack Obama “knew before the election that Russia was interfering in their electoral process. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought (Hillary Clinton) was winning because he read phony polls. So, he thought she was going to win. And we had the silent majority that said, ‘No, we like Trump.’ ”
In the interview Trump claimed that unlike his predecessor, he acted on intelligence the US had about Russia’s election interference by launching the cyberattack.
The Washington Post had previously in October 2018 reported there was a cyberattack. The operation against the company, which is bankrolled by an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was carried out in order to prevent any interference in the midterms the paper said.
This is, however, the first official confirmation from Trump.
Thiessen reported that this was confirmed by senior US officials that the strike occurred and was effective, forcing the Internet Research Agency to go offline.