On Thursday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a joint report which news sources and journalists are claiming is evidence that the Russian government hacked Democratic Party organizations in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.
However, according to The Daily Caller, the report is “devoid” of evidence linking Russia to the hacking:
The report broadly describes how “two separate Russian espionage groups” were involved in the “the intrusion into a U.S. political party.” But there’s no specific details explaining the attribution of Russia as being behind the hacking. Eight pages of the 13-page report consist of information meant to help network administrators try and identify possible intrusions, prevent them, and what to do if they identify code the U.S. government has identified as Russian.
On Monday, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also dismissed the FBI and DHS report, calling it a “how-to” manual on basic cybersecurity for Democrats.
Spicer went on to tell Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends’ that Trump is getting national security briefings “on a daily basis” and that “there doesn’t seem to be conclusive evidence” Russians were behind the hacking during the election.
Spicer also defended President-elect Donald Trump’s comment in which he said he knows “things that other people don’t know” when it comes to the hacking allegations.
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