(MOSCOW) -- The Kremlin said Tuesday that accusations from U.S. officials and cyber security firms that the Russians were responsible for a massive hack into Democratic National Committee emails are “absurd.”
“Overall, we still see attempts to use – manically use – the Russian issue during the U.S. electoral campaign,” Russian government spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, according to Russia’s state-run news outlet Sputnik. “The absurd claims were immediately refuted directly by a presidential candidate’s family.”
Peskov may have been referring to Donald Trump, Jr., who told CNN Sunday that claims from Democrats that the Russians hacked the DNC to help his father in his presidential bid were “disgusting” and “phony.”
Russian hacking groups tied to two separate Russian intelligence agencies were fingered for the DNC hack by the cyber security firm Crowdstrike in June. Crowdstrike said it appeared one of the groups had been rummaging around the infected systems for a year.
Since, other major cyber firms who studied the code also concluded Russian hackers are the likely culprits. An executive at one of those firms, Fidelis, told ABC News Monday that Russians were to blame “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Late Monday, national security officials told ABC News that federal officials also believe operatives affiliated with the Russian government were responsible for the hack and for providing the material to WikiLeaks, which published 20,000 of the leaked emails Friday. The officials said they suspect it was a blatant attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election, or at the very least, make mischief.
On Tuesday, White House homeland security and counterterrorism advisor Lisa Monaco said she did not want to get ahead of the FBI’s investigation into the hack, but said that in general terms, the U.S. uses “all tools” for responding to cyberattacks.
“Nobody’s immune from cyberattacks, [and] nobody’s immune from the responses,” she said.
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