This is huge. The Obama administration has formally accused Russia of stealing emails in a series of cyberattacks from the Democratic National Committee, according to an Oct. 7 statement from the Department of Homeland Security. So is the White House blaming President Vladimir V. Putin for the attacks? Find out here.
The United States has accused Russia of “stealing and disclosing emails” from “prominent individuals and institutions”, as the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. tells the New York Times. The United States government is maintaining that leaked emails that have been appearing on D.C. Leaks and other sites “are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process” — which is obviously not good.
“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the statement read, appearing to refer to President Vladimir Putin. Whoa!
The statement also said that there has been “scanning and probing” of election systems, and these hacks “in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company.” The statement did not indicate if the Russian government is behind the probes. The NYT also reports that Obama’s aides are working to decide how to respond to these actions. They are considering “authorizing covert action against the computer servers in Russia” to curb future attacks, but an official response has not been announced.
Looks like Russia took up Donald Trump‘s dare in July, when he used a press conference as an opportunity to get the country to hack Hillary Clinton’s private emails. “I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said. “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” He also tweeted, asking Russia “or any other country or person” who has Hillary Clinton’s emails to “share them with the FBI.” Yikes.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the US accusing Russia of a campaign of recent cyberattacks?