12:53, July 13 240 0 abajournal.com

2018-07-13 12:53:06
Mueller indicts 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hack of Democratic National Committee

Developing: Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians on Friday for allegedly hacking into the Democratic National Committee and trying to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

The 12 defendants were members of Russian military intelligence, the Washington Post reports. Politico and the New York Times also have early coverage.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment on Friday.

The indictment says the defendants were officers with a military intelligence agency called the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, known as the GRU. The GRU had multiple units that staged releases of documents stolen through computer hacking.

Starting in at least March 2016, the defendants hacked emails accounts of volunteers and employees of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, including the email account of her campaign chairman, the indictment says. By the next month, the defendants also hacked the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.

“The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code,” the indictment says, “and stole emails and other documents.”

Beginning in about June 2016, the defendants released tens of thousands of the stolen emails and documents using fictitious online personas, including “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0.”

Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, has previously acknowledged he communicated with a Twitter persona known as Guccifer 2.0, but he has said the interactions were limited and entirely benign.