WASHINGTON — The FBI squarely blamed Russian intelligence services Thursday for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, releasing the most definitive report yet on the issue, including samples of malicious computer code said to have been used in a broad hacking campaign.
Starting in mid-2015, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the FSB, emailed a malicious link to more than 1,000 recipients, including U.S. government targets, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a 13-page report co-authored with the Department of Homeland Security.
While DHS and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had said in October that Russia was behind the hacking, the report is the first detailed technical analysis provided by the government and the first official FBI statement.
The findings came the same day that President Barack Obama announced a series of retaliatory measures, including the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives and the sanctioning of the FSB and another Russian agency, the military’s GRU.
The Kremlin denounced the sanctions as unlawful and promised “adequate” retaliation.
Among the groups compromised by the FSB hacks was the Democratic National Committee, which was again infiltrated in early 2016 by the GRU.
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SOURCE: VOA News Online