Putin calls accusation of cyberattacks against US 'farcical'

In an interview with NBC News, Putin stopped short of a full denial of the allegations, but insisted that the U.S. has not been able to prove anything.

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It’s becoming farcical,” Putin said. “We have been accused of all kinds of things. Election interference, cyberattacks, and so on and so forth, and not once – not once, not one time – did they bother to produce any kind of evidence or proof. Just unfounded accusations.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s 报告 included detailed allegations that the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency used fake identities to carry out disinformation campaigns on social media and through grassroots activism.

在 2019, the Senate Intelligence Committee released an 85-page report outlining a large-scale Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 总统选举. The group of bipartisan senators described the social media activities of the Internet Research Agency as part of abroader, sophisticated and ongoing information warfare campaign designed to sow discord in American politics and society.

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In the months before the 2020 选举, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia had been very active in election interference efforts, 和一个 报告 by cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows released prior to the 2020 election claimed that Russia, Iran and China all posed threats leading into November’s contest. The report accused Russia ofhack and leakoperations and cooperation between organized crime groups and Russian government agencies.

FILE - 在这个九月. 23, 2020, 档案照片, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow, 俄国. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via文件 File)

文件 – 在这个九月. 23, 2020, 档案照片, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow, 俄国. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, 文件) (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, 文件)

Russian hacker Yevgeniy Alexandrovich Nikulin was convicted and sentenced to 88 months in prison for hacking into LinkedIn, Dropbox and former social networking site Formspring, but Nikulin was convicted as a lone actor, not as part of a greater operation by the Russian government.

在一月, top U.S. national security agencies released a joint statement saying that a months’ 长 cyber attack on software company SolarWindswas likely 俄语 in origin.

Putin was asked by NBC why he does not take a firmer position against individual hackers who attack the U.S., harming diplomatic efforts in the process. Putin responded by saying thatthe simplest thing to do would be for us to sit down calmly and agree on joint work in cyberspace,” claiming that the U.S. has refused to do so.

福克斯新闻’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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