US-Russia tensions: US accuses Russia of cyber attacks - BBC

11:27 Oct. 8, 2016

US accuses Russia of cyber attacks - BBC

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Kremlin high-ranking officials 'amost certainly' involved in attempts to interfere with US election, Washington claims

US officials have formally accused Russia of cyber attacks against political organisations in order "to interfere with the US election".

Recent hacked emails are "consistent with the methods and motivation of Russia-directed efforts", the Department of Homeland Security said.

Read also: Kremlin behind cyber-attacks on German parliament - security firm

Data revealing discussions within the Democratic Party was hacked earlier this year.

Some states reported "probing" attempts made on "election-related" systems.

However, officials said those attempts could not be directly linked to the Russian government.

Read also: Russian FSB behind cyberattacks on MH17 investigators in 2015 - German Intelligence

Russian officials told Interfax news agency the claims it was involved in the cyber attacks were "nonsense".

But a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security said high-ranking officials at the Kremlin were almost certainly involved in the successful attacks.

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