The US is considering a plan to retaliate against Russia for its role in alleged cyberattacks that have plagued the Democratic Party, NBC News reported Friday.
CIA officials say the Obama administration requested options for a “clandestine” cyberattack designed to “embarrass” the Kremlin, according to NBC News sources.
The move comes after the US formally accused Russia last week of executing cyberattacks to interfere with the US presidential election.
The hacks have largely targeted people and entities associated with the Democratic Party.
The fallout from a hack that exposed emails from Democratic National Committee members forced Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation just before the party’s convention in July. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, has called the breaches “an electronic Watergate break-in” and a “sad course of events” for the party and the nation.
Information gleaned from those security breaches has been published by WikiLeaks and, at times, cited by Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee.