The administration’s announcement comes after months of controversy related to the Russian government intervening in the November election to, according to the US intelligence community, help elect Trump.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed Russian involvement in the election. On Wednesday the president-elect dismissed possible sanctions, saying we should “get on with our lives.”
US intelligence officials said previously, in a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, that they are “confident” Vladimir Putin’s government was behind a series of hacks against Democratic institutions and operatives.
The Russian foreign ministry denied the allegations, instead accusing the White House of trying to fan “unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria.”
Trump’s communication director Sean Spicer on Thursday accused the left of trying to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s win but added that “if the US has clear proof of anybody interfering in our elections we should make that known.”
In the months leading up to November’s election, Clinton continued to accuse Russia of interfering with the election to help elect Trump. In September, she called out Trump for “urging the Russians to hack more.”
Earlier this month, the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the election through a series of hacks to bolster Trump’s chances of winning, the Washington Post reported.
Trump’s transition team dismissed the CIA report and questioned the veracity of the agency. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” a statement released by Trump’s advisors said.
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The attacks happened in both summer 2015 and spring 2016, according to the report. The first attack used a “spearphishing campaign” that involved sending emails to over 1,000 people. The emails looked legitimate, but when at least one person clicked a link it activated malware and gave the hackers access to the political party’s computer systems.
The second attack, in spring 2016, also used spearphishing, but this time tricked users into changing their passwords through a fake webmail domain. The hackers then “harvested” users’ credentials and stole information. “The U.S. Government assesses that information was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed,” the report said.
The report states that hacks targeted the US government, universities, think tanks, political organizations, and corporations. It also describes the cyber attacks as ongoing, saying that one “happened as recently as November 2016, just days after the U.S. election.”
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