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Kremlin condemns accusations that Russia hacked US election commission

June 06, 13:24 UTC+3

The Intercept portal earlier wrote that Russia allegedly carried out a cyber attack on at least one US voting software and sent spear-phishing emails to over 100 election officials

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MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has roundly condemned brand-new accusations that Russia allegedly staged cyber attacks against the US election commission, calling them groundless.

"These are allegations, which absolutely do not reflect reality, and we have not seen any other information or heard any arguments confirming that this information is true," Peskov told reporters.

"So, we fully repudiate that this could have happened," he said, adding that he has not read the report by US intelligence agencies mentioned by mass media.

The Intercept portal wrote, citing a highly classified report of the US National Security Agency, that Russian military intelligence allegedly carried out a cyber attack on at least one US voting software and sent spear-phishing emails to over 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election. According to the portal, the document, dated May 5, 2017, was provided anonymously to it and was independently authenticated.

The report claimed that apparently individuals from the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) "executed cyber espionage operations against a named US company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions." The persons apparently used data obtained from that operation to "launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting US local government organizations," the publication wrote.

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