The Department of Homeland Security is now confirming what was already suspected: Russian government hackers have been behind several efforts to meddle with the upcoming elections.
In a joint statement from DHS and the director of National Intelligence on Election Security released Friday afternoon, the groups said:
“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked emails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online personal are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”
Additionally, the statement notes that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
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The statement also acknowledges the recent hacking of states’ voting systems. More than 20 states have asked for assistance in securing their elections systems.
These hacks — which included the leaks of emails sent by Hillary Clinton’s aides, emails from the Democratic National Committee, a supposed set of folders within the Clinton, and communications between Clinton’s campaign staffers — have mostly served to the detriment of Democratic operatives and Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Independent Journal Review has previously questioned Russia’s involvement in the election in its video series ‘Maybe’: