5 takeaways from the Russian election hacking indictment

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One attempt noted in the indictment appeared to come hours after Donald Trump suggested Russians look for Clinton’s emails. Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently asserted that Russia was not involved in the hacking or any attempt to interfere with U.S. elections. WASHINGTON — As the American presidential election entered the final stretch in 2016, a dozen Russian military intelligence officers were scattered throughout Moscow, unleashing a massive cyber operation to disrupt the vote. And then, the indictment says, the Russians released their stolen information to the world. THE HACKING WAS A SOPHISTICATED OPERATION According to the indictment, the Russian hacking operation was so precise that they were able to pinpoint specific computers within the House Democratic campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic National Committee that stored information related to the election.

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WASHINGTON — As the American presidential election entered the final stretch in 2016, a dozen Russian military intelligence officers were scattered throughout Moscow, unleashing a massive cyber operation to disrupt the vote.

That’s according to an indictment issued Friday that says the officers developed malicious computer code known as malware, hacked into Democratic Party computers and silently watched as unknowing staffers typed.

The Russians stole the Democrats’ secret files. They took snapshots of their screens. They used fake emails to dupe Hillary Clinton’s staffers into exposing their passwords.

And then, the indictment says, the Russians released their stolen information to the world.

Here’s a look at what’s in the indictment:

THE HACKING WAS CONNECTED TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT

The indictment said Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff — known as GRU — had multiple units that “conducted...

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