How much of a threat are the Russian hackers? – Politico

1 of 4 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × Russia denies U.S. election interference and says the U.K. election results are fake article The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday rejected a U.s. complaint that Russia interfered in the U., London and other elections by hacking into Democratic Party computers and releasing damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.

“The United States is not in a position to accuse Russia of any conduct that is beyond what it has been accused of before,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a statement.

The U, he added, “is aware that many countries have been accused, and that the allegations of Russia are not credible.”

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Ambassador Nikki Haley also rejected the allegations, saying she had “no reason to doubt that the U, in our view, is fully cooperating with our U.k. partners on this issue.”

U of N. diplomats and analysts said Russia was able to influence the results of the 2016 election because of a sophisticated network of cyber actors, who are now believed to be linked to the Kremlin.

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(Susan Walsh/AP) The hacking effort is also believed to have targeted Democratic Party operatives.

The Russians are believed to likely have used software designed to steal private information, according to U. S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

But U. n. diplomats said the hackers could have also been targeting Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee employees, which are generally the targets of U. s. cyberattacks.

The officials, speaking on condition the information not be published, spoke on the condition of a anonymity to disclose internal U. rations.

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon called the accusation “a ridiculous and baseless charge.”

He called the allegation “completely false” and “a political hack” designed to distract from the real story, which is that Russia hacked into the DNC and stole emails and other data.

The hackers did not release any information about the hacks or their targets.

The White House said in an emailed statement that the administration is “confident” the Russians have been responsible for the breach, which occurred in late July.

“It’s clear the Russians knew that the Clinton campaign had the access to the DNC computers and that they would be able to steal their emails,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The statement did not say whether Trump had personally been in touch with the Russians about the hack.

“This is a distraction from the important work the U