Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 ElectionPosted: June 5, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Global, Mediasphere, Politics, Russia | Tags: Americans, Barack Obama, Central Intelligence Agency, Cyber Attack, Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Microsoft Windows, National Security Agency, United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Leave a comment
Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle, Ryan Grim report: Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.
The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.
While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying “raw” intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive … (read more)