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American media received top-secret report about cyber attacks by Russia’s military intelligence
11:49, 6 June 2017
American media received top-secret report about cyber attacks by Russia’s military intelligence

Federal contractor was arrested for leaking classified National Security Agency document to news outlet regarding alleged Russian hacking

11:49, 6 June 2017

Reuters

Russia’s special services conducted cyber attack on at least one US voting software supplier several days before the presidential election last year. Hackers also sent over 100 spear-phishing emails to election officials November last year in order to get their personal information, according to the secret report of US National Security Agency, published by The Intercept.

The agency informs that the document dated May 5, 2017, was provided anonymously and independently authenticated. However, the source warned journalists that some data may not be fully clarified.

The document indicates that Russian hackers got into the US voting systems. It is noted that Russia’s military intelligence, particularly Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, carried out the attacks. Conducted cyber attacks were also mentioned in the report.

US authorities arrested Reality Leigh Winner, 25-year-old employee of Pluribus International Corporation, carrying out contracts for the Pentagon and US intelligence services.

She is facing charges for leaking classified National Security Agency document to a news outlet in May. According to the TV channel’s source, Winner sent The Intercept the secret report through email, which included information about the alleged hacking attack by Russian military intelligence on software supplier, used by the United States during election process.

It was specified that 25-year-old American was employed February this year and received access to the top-secret information right away.

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