The U.S. Intelligence Community has officially accused Russia of trying to interfere with the presidential elections by hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political officials.
According to CNET, the accusation confirms prior suspicions since June, when cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike said that two different teams of hackers from Russian Intelligence agencies could be the mastermind of this operation. These cyberattacks represent an assault to the U.S. sovereignty from a foreign nation and an attempt to sabotage the elections, further intensifying the tension with Russian government.
The US could impose sanctions
"The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow--the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there," said a joint statement the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland.
Trump weighs in
This latest development could be a strike on the Republican candidate Donald Trump. During the presidential debate, he said that the hackers could be from China or it could be an obese person. Trump has openly admitted his admiration for Vladimir Putin.
"Look at Putin -- what he's doing with Russia -- I mean, you know, what's going on over there. I mean this guy has done -- whether you like him or don't like him -- he's doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period," Trump told CNN.
Knowing that the suspicions were real, the world is waiting for Putin´s response.