What we know about Russia’s interference in the US election
Everything we know so far about Moscows reputed involvement in the election that saw Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton
Did Russian hackers try to influence the US election?
According to US intelligence officials, Russian hackers made repeated attempts before this years election to get into major US institutions, including the White House and the state department. The tactics were simple: send out volleys of phishing emails and hope that someone clicked.
One of those who did was John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clintons campaign. A New York Times investigation this week revealed that a Podesta aide spotted the dodgy email and forwarded it to a technician.
By mistake, however, the aide wrote that the message was OK. This allowed Moscow to access about 60,000 of Podestas emails. The hackers also breached the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The emails were passed to the WikiLeaks website, which published them before the US election. The furore dominated the news bulletins and damaged Clintons campaign.
Security experts believe two Kremlin-connected groups were behind the hacks. One was was from the FSB spy agency, the other from Russian military intelligence. Amazingly, they appear to have operated independently.