US launches military cyber-attack campaign against Russian state-sponsored media and Internet service providers

The U.S. military launched a cyber-assault against Russian intelligence-linked media and cyber-intrusions in an effort to drive Russian disinformation campaigns into the mainstream of the Internet, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The military cyber team will target “Russian state-owned media, Internet service operators, and government organizations,” the military said in a statement.

The Pentagon also said it is developing cyber-interference tools and is seeking input from U.K. and EU nations.

The cyber campaign will target media platforms and other entities that “promote or propagate Russian propaganda,” the statement said.

The Russian government has a long history of using propaganda tools, including spreading false information, spreading hoaxes and encouraging violence against political opponents.

The United States and its allies have been trying to isolate Russia and weaken its economic influence on the global stage by disrupting Russia’s infrastructure and resources.

In October, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution demanding the Russian government stop “cyber-active measures and disinformation campaigns.”

The resolution also called for Russia to stop using social media platforms like VKontakte, which it has used to spread disinformation.