Russian hackers targeted election officials just days before presidential vote
Russian hacking groups played a larger role in the 2016 election than anyone realized, according to a top secret NSA report published today in The Intercept. That campaign includes targeting a supplier of US voting software, as well as sending spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before Election Day. The result is a troubling new turn in Russian hacking efforts, although there’s no indication the group had access to voting totals or election results.
The Intercept report comes after a string of hacks in the run-up to the 2016 Election, when hackers stole and published emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign. In January, the Director of National Intelligence attributed those leaks to a Russian influence campaign ordered directly by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Putin himself has denied directly ordering the campaign, saying instead that it may have been carried out by “patriots” sympathetic to Russian interests.