The Russia watchRussia & UK grid; Roger Stone’s shifting story; U.S. weapons could be hacked, and more

Published 6 November 2018

·  The Pentagon has prepared a cyber attack against Russia

·  How Russian hackers almost shut down UK’s power grid on election day

·  Mueller’s gone quiet, but expect some post-midterms surprises

·  Roger Stone’s shifting story is a liability

·  Londongrad: Explosion in number of Russian spies in UK

·  Putin cancels 100th anniversary celebrations of GRU after Salisbury blunders

·  Did Russian hackers just steal private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts?

·  America’s weapons could be hacked—here’s how to stop it

The Pentagon has prepared a cyber attack against Russia (Zachary Fryer-Biggs, Center for Public Integrity)
U.S. military hackers have been given the go-ahead to gain access to Russian cyber systems as part of potential retaliation for any meddling in America’s elections

How Russian hackers almost shut down UK’s power grid on election day (James Cook, Telegraph)
On June 8, 2017, as millions of Britons headed for the polling stations to vote in the General Election, a series of innocuous emails arrived in the inboxes of people working in the UK energy industry. The emails appeared legitimate, according to people with knowledge of the incident and documents released by UK and US intelligence agencies. Some were job applications with CVs. Others were administrative documents including contracts and legal agreements. Attachments which came with the emails, however, would – if opened – spread malware which aimed to bring down the UK electrical grid on election day.

Mueller’s gone quiet, but expect some post-midterms surprises (Cristian Farias, New York Magazine)
Aside from Robert Mueller and his direct supervisor, Rod Rosenstein, there’s probably no one who knows more about the deepest secrets of the Russia investigation than the chief judge of the federal district court in Washington. Since even before the special counsel went public with his first prosecutions a little over a year ago, Chief Judge Beryl Howell has been at the center of key aspects of the government’s sprawling criminal inquiry, like overseeing the federal grand jury investigating whether there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to tip the 2016 election.
Last week Chief Judge Howell had the rare honor of unsealing a historic document from another high-profile investigation: the so-called “Watergate road map,” a grand jury report that special prosecutor Leon Jaworski drafted for the benefit of the House Judiciary Committee investigating wrongdoing by President Richard Nixon. Made public in response to a freedom of information request, the road map matters not just for historical purposes, but also because it is a devastating, play-by-play account of the investigative steps a special prosecutor in a different era took to expose the crimes of a sitting president. (Cont.)