12 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over 2016 Election Hacking

Source: Time

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and state election systems, as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Speaking at a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein detailed an elaborate cyberattack coordinated by the Russian government’s military intelligence service GRU that ranged from sending “spearphishing” emails to staffers to installing malicious software and creating a fake persona called “Guccifer 2.0” to distribute the stolen information.

In his remarks, Rosenstein did not focus on the victims of the attacks, arguing that the entire country was threatened by anti-democratic measures.

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