Censor.NET reports referring to The Intercept citing a highly classified intelligence report by the National Security Agency.
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.
The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. 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 cyber attacks described in the document.
As noted, the Russian hackers sent spoofed emails purporting to be from Google to employees of an unnamed U.S. election software company, according to the NSA report. Although the document does not directly identify the company in question, it contains references to a product made by VR Systems, a Florida-based vendor of electronic voting services and equipment whose products are used in eight states.
However, there is no final conclusion as to whether the interference of the Russian Federation has affected the presidential election in the United States.
The report points out that the Russian hackers may have been able to penetrate into the U.S. voting system deeper than previously thought.
The report adds significant new detail to the picture that emerged from the unclassified intelligence assessment about Russian election meddling released by the Obama administration in January. The January assessment presented the U.S. intelligence community's conclusions but omitted many specifics, citing concerns about disclosing sensitive sources and methods. The assessment concluded with high confidence that the Kremlin ordered an extensive, multi-pronged propaganda effort "to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency."
The Intercept also says that officials asked not to publish this report and refused to comment on its contents.
As CNN further reported, the materials had been leaked to an online media outlet by Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia. She has been detained and faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information.
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