NSA: Russian Military Intelligence Tried Hacking into US Voter Systems

Laverne Mann
June 6, 2017

But according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept, Russian military intelligence did more than just meddle in the US election by hacking Democratic Party e-mail servers and disseminating propaganda: Russian agents also executed a cyberattack on a USA voting software company.

The U.S. government agency examined the document shared by the news outlet and determined the pages of the intelligence reporting appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.

The Justice Department announced charges Monday against a federal contractor with Top Secret security clearance after she allegedly leaked classified information to an online media outlet.

While the NSA document shows in great detail the efforts taken by Russian hackers to compromise US election systems, the agency does not provide much by way of definitive conclusions about the attack's success. Late last August, the report says that these hackers sent emails that seemed to be from Google to workers at an election software company in the US, the report said.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia state that investigators were able to track the leaked document back to Ms. Winner as the news outlet attempted to verify the authenticity of the information.

The FBI and several congressional committees are investigating how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and whether associated of President Donald Trump may have colluded with Russian intelligence operatives during the campaign.

Kaine noted he knew of no evidence that showed Russian Federation affected machine voting totals and said he was referring to intelligence assessments that Russian Federation had acted to influence the election.

The NSA did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the Kremlin meddled in the election.

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"Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards", the NSA concluded, citing information "that became available in April 2017".

The document did not name any state.

However, he has conceded that Russian "patriots" with no ties to the government may have been involved in hacking. USA intelligence officials then asked The Intercept to redact certain sections.

According to court documents, victor had a top-security clearance as an active-duty member of the Air Force from January 2013 until February of this year, when she began working for Pluribus International Corporation, a government contractor, at a facility in Georgia.

Winner's mother said that her daughter is "touch and go" in an interview with CNN on Monday.

FBI special agent Justin Garrick told a federal court that victor - a cross-fit fan who graduated high school in 2011 and was in the US Air Force apparently as a linguist - confessed to reading and printing out the document, despite having no clearance to do so. Victor was one of them.

The DOJ's statement also said victor, who is charged with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", admitted to leaking the document.

"I never thought this would be something she would do", Winner-Davis said.

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