A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new indictment in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Eleven of the 12 Russian operatives are charged with either hacking into or "spearphishing" (sending emails to trick people into providing passwords) the computer networks of Democratic Party officials; spying on network activity and collecting information; and creating fictional personas to spread the information and hide that the source was actually Russian officials with military intelligence agency GRU.
Probe led by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to hack Democratic computer networks.
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Rosenstein said "the conspirators corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet".
Mr. Rosenstein said the hackers used spear phishing scams and malware to steal emails of Mr. Podesta and other campaign operatives, then injected it into the 2016 political campaign.
"In my remarks, I have not identified the victims", Rosenstein said.
All three worked out plea deals and have pledged to cooperate with the investigation.
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If the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proved, it will shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections. Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday tweeted that the indictments are good news - Russians have been nailed, no Americans are involved, and it's time for Mueller to wrap up his "pursuit of the President". Instead it focused on the fact that no Trump campaign officials or Americans were implicated in the new indictment. Rosenstein said there was no evidence that the Americans were aware that they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers. Although the name of that organization was not named in the indictment, it is widely believed to be Wikileaks.
The inquiry is looking into U.S. intelligence findings if the Russians conspired to favour the election in Trump's victory, and whether any of his campaign associated were involved in the conspiracy.
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