Rus­sian hack of US poll claimed

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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.

Sput­nik –

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