Report suggests Russia hackers breached US voting software firm


Accusations that Russian intelligence services were seeking to hack U.S. voting equipment as part of a broader effort to interfere in the USA presidential election are false and unfounded, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. "Approximately a few days later, victor unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet", it said.

"Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government".

Russian intelligence services have been accused of hacking a U.S. voting systems manufacturer merely weeks before the 2016 presidential election, claims security news website The Intercept.

According to court documents, victor had a top-security clearance as an active-duty member of the Air Force from January 2013 until February of this year, when she began working for Pluribus International Corporation, a government contractor, at a facility in Georgia.

"Exceptional law enforcement efforts allowed us quickly to identify and arrest the defendant", said Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein.

After the document was leaked to the online publication The Intercept and published online late on June 5, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had arrested an employee of a national security contractor for leaking top-secret information to "an online news outlet".

Victor further admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorised to receive or possess the documents, the complaint said.

"It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyberattacks described in the document", it said. It depicted a hacking operation tied closely to Moscow's GRU intelligence directorate that targeted private USA companies providing voter registration services and equipment to local governments.

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"Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple USA state or local electoral boards", the assessment said.

An intelligence contractor was charged with sending a classified report to the news media, the Justice Department announced Monday, the first criminal leak case under President Donald Trump.

Intercept spokeswoman Vivian Siu said the NSA document was given to the outlet anonymously and "the Intercept has no knowledge of the identity of the source". US intelligence officials then asked The Intercept to redact certain sections.

Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet.

"My client has no [criminal] history, so it's not as if she has a pattern of having done anything like this before", Nichols said in a phone interview Monday.

"Approximately a few days later, victor unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet", the Justice Department continued, adding that victor admitted printing the document following her arrest.

Asked if victor had confessed, Nichols said, "If there is a confession, the government has not shown it to me".