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NSA Contractor Charged for Leaking Russian Hacking Intel to News Site

July 22 2017, 10:42 | Perry Erickson

In the weeks leading up to last year's presidential election, Russian military intelligence launched a cyberattack on a USA voting systems manufacturer, according to a classified National Security Agency report obtained by The Intercept. It was a top-secret NSA report which found that Russian Federation tried to hack into voting machines in the days leading up to the 2016 election. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed US government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.

The Intercept reports that according to the NSA, the attempts went on for months and lasted until just days before the November 8 vote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told senior editors of global news agencies on June 1 that Russia was not involved in hacking elections in the USA or Europe, noted The Associated Press. Winner, 25, is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia. It further states that the intelligence agency was subsequently contacted by the news outlet on May 30 regarding an upcoming story, saying it was in possession of what appeared to be a classified document. They successfully gained access to "elements of multiple USA state or local electoral boards", according to the document.

The Intercept said that the agency, Washington's most important signals intelligence body, sought first to dissuade them from publishing it, and then requested redactions.

Victor was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday, June 3, and appeared in federal court in Augusta this afternoon. The Intercept pointed out that while the company wasn't directly named, the NSA's report referenced the company VR Systems several times. In a statement, the Justice Department said that victor had admitted to removing classified intelligence from her workspace in Augusta, Georgia, the soon-to-be home of the US Army Cyber Command near Fort Gordon.

"She has no criminal history; it's not as if she's a threat to anyone, " he said.

An NSA contractor in Georgia was arrested Saturday for leaking classified information to an online news organization. "All this craziness has happened all of a sudden".

"Approximately a few days later, victor unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet", the Justice Department continued, adding that victor admitted printing the document following her arrest.

In affidavits filed with the court, Garrick of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the government was notified of the leaked report by the news outlet that received it. The U.S. Government Agency determined that six individuals printed this reporting.

In one, the Russian hackers posed as another voting company, referred to as USA company 2, from which they sent phony test emails - offering "election-related products and services".

Victor remains in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, said the lawyer, adding that he expects the government will seek to keep her behind bars pending trial.



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