U.S. gives de­tailed re­port on Rus­sia’s al­leged elec­tion hack

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Tami Abdollah by U.S. of­fi­cials to be linked to Rus­sia. Out­rage over doc­u­ments that ap­peared to show fa­voritism for Hil­lary Clin­ton forced the DNC’s chair­woman, Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz, to re­sign. The U.S. re­leased the tech­ni­cal re­port Thurs­day as Pr

wash­ing­ton» The U.S. has re­leased its most de­tailed re­port yet on ac­cu­sa­tions that Rus­sia in­ter­fered in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion by hack­ing Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal sites and e-mail ac­counts.

The 13-page joint anal­y­sis on the op­er­a­tion, dubbed Griz­zly Steppe, by the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity and the FBI is the first such re­port ever to at­tribute ma­li­cious cy­ber ac­tiv­ity to a par­tic­u­lar coun­try or ac­tors.

It was also the first time the U.S. of­fi­cially and specif­i­cally tied in­tru­sions into the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee to hack­ers with the Rus­sian civil­ian and mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, the FSB and GRU, ex­pand­ing on an Oct. 7 ac­cu­sa­tion by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The re­port said the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices were in­volved in “an on­go­ing cam­paign of cy­ber-en­abled op­er­a­tions di­rected at the U.S. gov­ern­ment and its cit­i­zens.” It added, “In some cases, (the Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices’) ac­tors mas­quer­aded as third par­ties, hid­ing be­hind false on­line per­sonas de­signed to cause the vic­tim to mis­at­tribute the source of the at­tack.”

Last sum­mer, stolen emails from Democrats were posted by an on­line per­sona known as Guc­cifer 2.0, be­lieved pro­cesses or in­sti­tu­tions.”

The re­tal­i­a­tion against Rus­sia, just weeks be­fore Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump takes of­fice, cul­mi­nated months of po­lit­i­cal hand­wring­ing about how and whether to re­spond to Moscow’s al­leged med­dling. U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies con­cluded that Rus­sia’s goal was to help Trump win — an as­sess­ment Trump has dis­missed as ridicu­lous. Trump said Thurs­day the U.S. should move on but that he would meet with the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity’s lead­ers next week for an up­date on the sit­u­a­tion.

The re­port de­scribed the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices’ use of “spearphish­ing” — fake emails in­tended to trick vic­tims into typ­ing in their user names and pass­words. At least one per­son opened at­tach­ments with ma­li­cious soft­ware.

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