US Accuses Russia of Hacking Attempts on Political Groups
By VOA News October 07, 2016
The U.S. government on Friday formally accused Russia of a campaign of recent cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations.
A joint statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security accused the Russian government of directing "the recent compromises of e-mails from .US. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations" and said "these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process."
Based on the scope and sensitivity of the hacks, the agencies believe "that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."
The statement went on to say that while recent attacks on election-related systems in several states originated on Russian servers, "we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government."
Despite these recent breaches, the agencies said that it would be "extremely difficult for someone, including a nation-state actor, to alter actual ballot counts or election results" via hacking.
The condemnation came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow over a range of international disagreements, including U.S. charges that Russian air strikes in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been hitting hospitals and other civilian targets in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
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