U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking election system

October 8, 2016
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The U.S. government on Friday officially accused Russia of attempting to hack the 2016 elections system. The Obama administration notes the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations were hacked by Russians.

The United States government said on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to interfere in the elections system. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Moscow and its cyber specialists are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.

Two US agencies, ODNI and DHS released the joint statement on Friday, it said:

“The U.S. Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.”

The Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee said:

“Today was just the first step. Russia must face serious consequences. Moscow orchestrated these hacks because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin believes Soviet-style aggression is worth it. Putin’s calculus with a strong diplomatic, political, ­cyber and economic response.”

The Kremlin answered on these allegations in its own style, on Friday, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Putin, said:

“Every day, Putin’s site gets attacked by tens of thousands of hackers. Many of these attacks can be traced to U.S. territory. It’s not as though we accuse the White House or Langley of doing it each time it happens.”

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