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Two Russian hacking groups battle for supremacy

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>> First the DNC then Colin Powell with hacks intensifying, US officials zeroing in on two groups they believe are competing to create havoc in the US campaign. All on behalf of the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reuters Investigative Reporter Mark Hosenball has the story.>> The US government certainly believes that Russia is engaged in a pretty broad campaign both in the United States and in Western Europe elsewhere around the world to disrupt politics.
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There are two clearly defined streams, one calls itself DC Leaks, the other is something called Guccifer 2.0. The US government believes that one is affiliated with a civilian Russian intelligence agency called the SVR, a descendant of the old KGB. The other is affiliated with the GRU, a long time existing Russian military intelligence agency.
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And as such agencies operate in the United States, they try and top each other. And it's the type of thing Vladimir Putin himself a former officer of the KGB might do to set these agencies competing with each other. Just to see who can come up with the best information they want.
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>> How sweet it is.>> Also in the mix, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, who facilitated the biggest dump of DNC emails just before the start of the Democratic Convention in July. Hosenball says Assange's organization is also suspected of having Russian ties, though they insist they don't know who their source is.