Twelve Russian intelligence officers have just been indicted by the Justice Department for spoofing the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 elections.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced here Friday that 12 foreign agents from Russia’s GRU intelligence agency attempted to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. In order to do this, the agents utilized spear-phishing affects through malware. Utilizing the “X-agent” malware, the Russian intelligence officers were able to use and collect passwords from unsuspecting targets via key-logging and screenshots.
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Announces the Allegation of Twelve Russian Intelligence Officers for Conspiring to Interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election Through Computer Hacking and Related Offenseshttps :// t.co/ 4di0Drcokd pic.twitter.com/ x4PFJycIPk
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Using these techniques on volunteers and employees of the Clinton campaign, the GRU agents were then able to gain access to Hillary’s campaign, the DCCC, as well as dozens of computers at the DNC. During the first days of the 2016 Democratic national agreement, Wikileaks produced a DNC email dump laden with private internal communications. The DNC email leak led to the immediate resignation of then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The indictment too alleges that the Russian intelligence officers targeted local and mood election offices resulting in the spoof of one district election board website, compiling off with informed on about approximately 500,000 voters.
Before today, Russian involvement in the DNC hacks was mere opinion. And, of course, because of this, plot ideologies crowded the web about who could possibly be behind the email leak. The unsolved assassination of DNC staffer Seth Rich fueled conspiracy theoreticians and right wing news shops alike who claimed his death must have something to do with the DNC email openings. President Donald Trump advocated the spoof could have been perpetrated by China.
Roger Stone, a Trump advisor and confidant, previously claimed that the DNC hacks were the work of a sole Romanian intruder he had communicated with who goes by the honour Guccifer 2.0. The accusation arising as a result of Robert Mueller’s investigated by foreign interference in the 2016 election is not simply lays the accuse immediately on Russian intellect officials, as countless supposed, but it confirms reports that Guccifer 2.0 himself was indeed a Russian intelligence agent.
The indictment of these 12 Russian GRU negotiators lands after an earlier arraignment of 13 Russian nationals who worked with the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency who are also accused of trying to influence the U.S. presidential election.
There are no accusations in the prosecution that Americans were gladly committed. There is no evidence in the indictment that the alleged hacking have been successful in its goal of affecting the U.S. election results.
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