The Kremlin said today the U.S. should either prove accusations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democratic groups or drop the issue. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has promised a U.S. response. (Reuters & NPR)
President Obama is set to hold a news conference this afternoon, when he'll undoubtedly get questions about the latest Russian election hacking reports as well as the presidential transition.
The Obama administration didn't respond more forcefully to Russian hacking before the election, because they didn't want to appear to be interfering. Officials, who thought Hillary Clinton would win, also felt potential cyber war with Russia wasn't worth it. (NBC News)
Russian computer hackers targeted the databases of the Republican National Committee, but reportedly failed to penetrate its security defenses. The breach attempts were "less aggressive" and "much less persistent" than attacks on the DNC. (WSJ)
A government agency that assists states in improving voting systems and acts as a clearinghouse for electoral information may have been the target of a hacker. But the breach was blocked very quickly. (USA Today)