The US intelligence report on Russian hacking operations made public
The US intelligence services made their report titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” publicly available. The report, commissioned by the US President Obama, provides details of the intelligence collected about the Russian hacking efforts against the US institutions. Among other, the report provides the assessment – with “high confidence” by the CIA, FBI and NSA – that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election” with a goal of undermining public faith in the US democratic process, as well as that “Russian military intelligence used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks”; the Russian attacks did not impact vote tallying, however. The report also suggests that Russia may apply lessons learned to influence elections elsewhere among US allies. The expert community, however, commented that the report is short on information on how Russia is linked with all the operations, and thus lacks ground for attribution. The coming US President Trump met with the intelligence services but did not publicly support the report.