Russian hack of US poll claimed
A TOP SECRET document by the US National Security Agency (NSA) claims that Russia conducted a cyberattack against a voting software supplier while also attempting to hack more than 100 election officials several days before the US presidential election in November, US media reported.
The online publication The Intercept said it was anonymously provided with the document, dated May 5, which detailed the hacking attempt. The NSA document did not specify whether the presidential election outcome was affected by the alleged cyberattack, but it indicated that the hackers may have breached the voting system.
The NSA blamed the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate for the hacking attempt.
The US has repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the US presidential campaign, including alleged hacking attempts. The investigation into alleged Russian interference began at the request of the former administration over suspicion that Moscow may have helped sway the election in favour of Donald Trump.
Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, have repeatedly said that Russia had not interfered in the internal affairs of foreign states. Russian officials have called the US allegations absurd and intended to deflect from actual instances of corruption as well as other pressing domestic concerns.
Yesterday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the claims of Russian “attacks” on the US election software vendor were untrue.