US President Donald Trump has confirmed to The Washington Post that he authorized a cyberattack on a group of Russian trolls, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), in the midterm elections in 2018. It is the first time that the President has confirmed the attack.
IRA is a company that distributes messages online for the benefit of Russian business and political interests. In 2016, IRA also deployed trolls as part of Russia's strategy to influence the presidential election. At the time, emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee were also captured by Russian hackers.
In the interview to The Washington Post , Trump says that the US cyberattack started on the day of the 2018 midterm elections. Thanks to this attack, it was possible to stop Russian influence. They would again try to create uncertainty about the results.
Trump also suggested during the interview that former President Barack Obama was aware in 2016 and did little to keep Russian interference and hackers at bay. However, Obama did put Russia on the ball at the time and that year imposed sanctions against Russia for hacking during the elections.