Special Counsel indicts 12 Russians Over US Election Hack

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12 Russian intelligence officers have been indicted by the United States justice department for hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation which is looking into alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 election, has already indicted 20 people and three companies.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software in the cyber-attacks.

Mr. Rosenstein in the indictment said the Russian intelligence officers began their cyber-attacks in March 2016 to hack the email accounts of volunteers and employees of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

He said the defendants exchange mails with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any US citizen committed a crime.

The investigator said the Russians also “conspired to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and US companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections to steal voter data stored on those computers”.

Mr. Rosenstein added that the conspirators created fictitious online personas, including “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0”, and used these identities to release thousands of stolen emails and other documents from June 2016.

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