A 25-year-old contractor has been charged with leaking NSA files that claim Russian intelligence hacked at least one maker of voting software used in 2016's United States elections.
The NSA report said operatives from the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, apparently targeted employees at VR Systems, a Florida-based company that supplies election software and equipment for eight states, last August and again in late October.
The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the US election and voting infrastructure.
The document, which contained information about Russian interference in the USA election, was published online by The Intercept barely an hour before Winner's arrest, NBC reported.
A government contractor in Georgia has been charged in federal court with leaking a classified report containing top-secret information to a news organization.
A federal contractor for a USA intelligence agency has allegedly admitted to copying classified materials and sending it to a news source. Former DNI James Clapper, who left his post before President Trump's inauguration, has repeatedly said that there was no evidence that Russian Federation changed any vote tallies in the USA election. Additionally, the attackers launched a "spear-phishing" attack on local government officials in charge of voting in some areas.
The NSA did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the report.
The FBI said when they approached victor she admitted to printing out the document, removing it from her place of work and mailing it to The Intercept.
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The report was published just days after Putin denied allegations that the Russian state had meddled in the USA election. Gizmodo was unable to immediately verify the name of the news outlet.
Why did Russian military intelligence want to access local government officials' computers? (There was a malfunction in the voter-registration system - operated by VR Systems - at some polling locations in Durham, North Carolina, on Election Day but officials there insist there's no evidence of tampering.) So what did they do, or what could they have done if in fact this was just an experiment by Russian Federation to probe what sort of chaos is technologically possible the next time the USA has an election?
USA intelligence officials tell CNN that the information has not changed the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, which found: "Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards".
"She has no criminal history; it's not as if she's a threat to anyone, " he said. Victor was charged with removing classified material from a government facility and sending it to a news outlet.
Victor remains in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, said the lawyer, adding that he expects the government will seek to keep her behind bars pending trial.
Rosenstein helped prosecute one of them, a case against James E. Cartwright, a retired four-star Marine general and a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accused of disclosing classified information to reporters.