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    obama orders review of russian hacking during presidential campaign
    NBS | Saturday, December 10th, 2016 | Published: 00:20 am

     

    obama orders review of russian hacking during presidential campaign

    us president barack obama has ordered a “full review” of russian hacking during the november election, as pressure from congress has grown for greater public understanding of exactly what moscow did to interfere in the electoral process, reports washington post. obama wants the report before he leaves office on january 20, obama’s counterterrorism and homeland-security adviser, lisa monaco, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the christian science monitor. “we may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take share of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,” lisa monaco said. the us president made the move after being asked by some democratic senators to declassify more details about the intrusions and some top democratic lawmakers in the house sent a letter to obama urging briefings on russian interference in the election. on octover 7, the intelligence community officially accused moscow of seeking to interfere in the election through the hacking of “political organizations.” though the statement never specified which party, it was clear officials were referring to cyber-intrusions into the computers of the democratic national committee and other democratic party groups. hacked emails that were damaging to the party and its presidential nominee, hillary clinton, soon after appeared on websites such as wikileaks. according to the intelligence-community statement, such leaks were “consistent” with the methods and motivations of russian-directed efforts. “we believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the statement said. leading senate republicans say they are preparing to launch a wide-ranging probe into russia’s meddlling in the election and into potential cyberthreats to the military. us intelligence and law enforcement agencies had already been probing what they see as a broad covert russian operation to sow distrust in the presidential election process. it was their briefings of senior lawmakers that lled a number of them to press for more information to be made public. monaco said obama has directed the intelligence community to capture “lessons learned and report to a range of stakeholders,” including lawmakers. she did not commit to making the report public. she noted the increase in malicious cyber-activity in recent years. russia has overtaken china as the country of primary concern in the cyberthreat space, intelligence officials have said. though russia has long conducted cyberspying on us agencies, companies and organizations, this presidential campaign marks the first time russia has attempted through cyber means to interfere in, if not actively influence, the outcome of an election, the officials said. the review comes as president-elect donald trump has again dismissed the intelligence community’s findings about russian hacking and meddlling . “i don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told time magazine this week. the hacking, he said, “could be russia. it could be china. and it could be some guy in new jersey.” rep. adam schiff (d-calif.), the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee, said friday, “given president-elect trump’s disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before president obama leaves office next month.


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