According to a report from the Center for Public Integrity, the United States has plans to launch a cyber attack on Russia if there are any signs of interference in next week's mid-term elections.
Based on the report, it has been revealed that the Department of Defense, as well as others in the American intelligence community, have created a full blueprint to launch an offensive cyber attack on Russia following the election on November 6, but only if there is any interference similar to that in the 2016 election is discovered.
According to the report, unnamed current and former senior US officials that are aware of the plan are the sources.
Details regarding what the actual plan is are minimal, but it would involve American hackers in the military who have been granted permission to access Russian servers in order to carry out attacks.
What Russia would have to do to trigger an attack has been described as simply directly interfering with midterm elections, according to reports. Those actions would include interference with voter registration rolls and vote tallies.
An American attack wouldn't come if Russia were to only try to "malign influence," according to the report, which includes "trying to sway peoples' opinion or the way people might vote."