US accuses Russia of cyber attacks to disrupt election

Earlier, in an unusual step, US intelligence and homeland security publicly accused the Russian government of directing cyber attacks on American political organizationsUS officials on Friday formally accused the Russian government of directing cyber attacks “intended to interfere with the US election process,” amid escalating tensions between the two powers. The assertion against Russia comes with relations already frayed over stalled efforts to end violence in Syria, NATO defenses and other differences. A joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence was the first official accusation by Washington against Moscow in the spate of cyber attacks, although many analysts had said the hacks appeared to be from Russia.

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