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Sen. McCaskill Confirms Russian Hacking Attempt

July 27, 2018 - 6:59 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.

McCaskill confirmed the attempted hack after The Daily Beast reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to break into her computers in August 2017. The Daily Beast report was based on the site's forensic analysis after a Microsoft executive said last week that the company had helped stop email phishing attacks on three unidentified candidates.

In a statement, McCaskill said she wants to hold the hackers and Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable.

A written statement says in part -- ``While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I've said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully.''