Report of Russian cyberattack days before election has Klobuchar concerned

A leaked NSA document published by The Intercept says Russian intelligence launched a cyberattack days before the election.
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A report that Russian cyberattacks in the lead-up to the 2016 election were more invasive than previously revealed has Sen. Amy Klobuchar again asking for more information.

The report comes from The Intercept, which on Monday published a leaked document from the National Security Agency. The document says Russian intelligence launched a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company in the days before the election.

The Intercept calls it "the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light." Though a U.S. intelligence official told the website it's only one analysis, and shouldn't be used to come to any broader conclusions.

Check out The Intercept's story, which explains how attackers used a spear-phising campaign to get log-in credentials from some employees of the election software company. Then they used those credentials to make a spoof account, and used it to send malicious emails to U.S. local government groups.

Klobuchar wants a classified briefing

Klobuchar wrote a letter to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster regarding the report, calling it "deeply concerning."

She said it "goes beyond" what had been concluded in December 2016 – that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election by blending more overt actions (like deploying internet trolls) with more traditional covert cyber operations. And that they'd probably try again.

Just those allegations prompted Klobuchar (and a couple dozen other senators) to ask election officials how they planned to protect American voting machines and prevent any cyberattacks in the future.

But with the recent revelations, she's looking for more information. She's asking McMaster to give a classified briefing to the Senate Rules Committee (which Klobuchar is on) to fill them in on the "full extent" of Russian hacking attempts during the 2016 election.

"As the Senate continues to investigate the full extent of Russia’s attack on our election system, it is vital that we have all of the information necessary to ensure that future elections are safeguarded from foreign interference," she wrote.

She also asked for any information which "could be helpful to protecting critical infrastructure" be made available to the public "immediately."

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