What is a camel?
A camel is a horse invented by a committee. (So goes the old joke.)
Former Secretary of State John Kerry had an idea. “Let us form a committee,” he suggested. Kerry had this brainchild after the Obama White House was stunned that Hillary Clinton had lost the election. “How could this have happened?” everyone wondered. “It must have been the Russians,” they decided. 
But what to do about these Russians? This had been Barack Obama’s secret struggle. Even before the election loss, the White House had been weighing options, due to embarrassing leaks of emails, also blamed on Russia. 
In the end, Kerry’s committee idea was nixed. The Republicans would not go along with a bipartisan committee idea, the Obama White House surmised. 
Various options had been weighed during Obama’s secret struggle. For months there had been talk, talk, talk. “Enough of talk!” finally cried Susan Rice, National Security Advisor. Rice “ordered NSC staffers to finalize a ‘menu’ of punitive measures to use against Moscow. The list that took shape was a distillation of ideas that had been circulating for months across three main categories: cyber, economic and diplomatic.” 
Note that one of the “categories” above was “cyber.” Plans had been devised “that would hit entire sectors of Russia’s economy. One preliminary suggestion called for targeting technology companies including Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm. But skeptics worried that the harm could spill into Europe and pointed out that U.S. companies used Kaspersky systems and software.” 
On June 25, 2017, Ersjdamoo’s Blog reported on how while Barack Obama was undergoing his secret struggle (geheim kampf) he had finally approved a covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated. 
On or about June 28th came news on how a cyber attack had wreaked havoc around the globe. A virus was believed to have first taken hold on Tuesday, June 27th, in Ukraine. Russian companies such as oil giant Rosneft and a steelmaker were also crippled. The malware seemed to be “a variant derived from code known as Eternal Blue believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.” 
In the cyber category plans devised against Russia, skeptics in the Obama administration had worried that the harm could spill into Europe.  The cyber attack of June 27-28 wreaked havoc around the globe, with companies in Poland, Italy and Germany seriously affected, among others. 
“The virus is spreading all over Europe, and I’m afraid it can harm the whole world,” stated one expert. 
——- Sources ——-
 “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”, by Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous. The Washington Post, June 23, 2017.
 “The Octopus and the Cyber Bomb”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 25, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/the-octopus-and-the-cyber-bomb/
 “Major cyber attack disrupts businesses around world”, by Eric Auchard, Jack Stubbs and Alessandra Prentice. Reuters, June 28, 2017.
 “World impacted by another cyberattack”, by Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak. Associated Press. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, June 28, 2017. Page A-5.