Two former CIA officers who worked on Russia told NBC News that there is a long history of the White House asking the CIA to come up with options for covert action against Russia, including cyber options — only to abandon the idea.Definitely should think carefully about getting in an escalation game in cyberspace. Count on the adversary having this gamed out already.
"We've always hesitated to use a lot of stuff we've had, but that's a political decision," one former officer said. "If someone has decided, `We've had enough of the Russians,' there is a lot we can do. Step one is to remind them that two can play at this game and we have a lot of stuff. Step two, if you are looking to mess with their networks, we can do that, but then the issue becomes, they can do worse things to us in other places."…
CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
William M. Arkin, Ken Dilanian And Robert Windrem