Russia takes on US think tanks

A former senior Obama administration official said on Thursday that the White House had decided to take action against Russia after the election but no decision had been made on exactly how to respond.

Russia takes on US think tanks

World Bulletin / News Desk

A 'whole array' of Trump advisers and members of the Trump campaign supported contacts with Russian representatives, says Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of attempting to influence the election through cyberwarfare hitting the Democratic Party servers. Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the accusations as nothing but hysteria and a ploy to distract voters from the failings of the candidates.

"There were contacts" with influential people close to Trump, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday. "I don't say that all of them, but a whole array of them, supported contacts with Russian representatives."

Trump's relations with Russia was one  of the most contentious issues of the campaign. American failings in the Democratic system was used by Russia to its advantage, throwing light on the ineffectiveness and its ugliest elements.

During the camaping, Clinton called on the FBI to disclose what it knew about contacts between Trump and Russia, after a report in Slate online magazine exposed thousands of apparent connection attempts between a mail server  that had operated on behalf of the Trump Organization and computers inside a Russian company, Alfa Bank in Moscow. 

Three cyber security firms told Reuters that are tracking a spear-phishing campaign by a Russian-government linked group known as Cozy Bear, which is also widely suspected of hacking the Democratic Party ahead of the election.

"Probably now they are trying to rush to gain access to certain targets where they can get a better understanding on what is going on in Washington after the election and during the transition period," said Jaime Blasco, chief scientist with cyber security firm AlienVault.

source: Reuters/interfax



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