Russian hackers active in 2016 US presidential election attacked local Democratic Party offices, news agency writes Reuters based on four anonymous sources.
It would be branches of the Democratic Party in California and Indiana. The malicious activity would have been noticed by Microsoft, but the company wanted to oppose it Reuters do not react. It is unclear whether the attacks were successful.
The Democratic Party in Indiana said in a statement that it was “unaware of successful intrusions.” A California party chairman confirms that the organization has been the target of an attack, but says it was unsuccessful.
The alleged perpetrator is Fancy Bear, a name assigned to a division of Russian military intelligence. The same group has been indicted by the United States after hacking email accounts from the Clinton campaign in 2016.
The Russian Embassy in Washington responded Reuters with the announcement that Russia has no link with Fancy Bear. The representatives call the accusation “fake news” and say Russia does not interfere in US internal affairs.
That while the investigation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has determined that this is the case. The report was released in 2019 and is about how hacks and social media were exploited from Russian soil to influence the elections four years ago.
California is the largest supplier for the presidential election with 55 electors. The Democrats have managed to hold on to the state structurally since 1992. Indiana is a medium-sized state with eleven electors whose votes have mostly gone to Republicans in recent years.