Top Democrats claim that Russia behind spate of cyberattacks

Some of the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday that they’ve concluded that Russian intelligence agencies are making a “serious” effort to influence the U.S. presidential election.

A joint statement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff point a finger at Russia for the recent hacking of political computer systems, which have targeted Democrats and party-affiliated groups.

Federal officials have been investigating the cyberattacks at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Election data systems in at least two states have also been breached.

“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election,” the two lawmakers from California said. “At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election. We can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied claims that Moscow was behind any of the security breaches.

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