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>> Russia on Tuesday pushing back on allegations it hit the Democratic Party with a one-two punch, stealing thousands of sensitive emails and then releasing them on WikiLeaks a day before the party's convention in an apparent bid to influence the US elections. The Kremlin calling the charges absurd, saying it was a political move to win votes and exploit fear of Russia.
But cybersecurity reporter Dustin Volz says the evidence points to Russia.>> This is sort of an unprecedented thing that we've seen from Russia, trying to affect the US politics in this way. One US official told us on background that he believes that it's beyond a reasonable doubt that Russia is behind this intrusion, and that would support findings from the private sector from private cybersecurity firms in the past month have also concluded that this hack was something that Russia was supporting.
>> Wikileaks over the weekend released more than 19,000 emails seeming to show the DNC favoring Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders. Volz says the hack attack is putting intelligence services on edge.>> These are not surprising targets, in of itself, what's surprising is that we're now seeing this information appear online via WikiLeaks in a way that seems to be intended to sow discord among the Democratic Party, and favor the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Trump has previous business interest in Russia. Last week, there were reports that the RNC sort of changed it's platform a little bit to be more friendly toward Russia, so there's a lot of circumstantial evidence that would suggest, at least the the Democrats would say that Russia, if they are behind this hack, may have an interest in helping Trump.
That's what is really frightening the people and the intelligence community.>> The bomb shell coming in as the FBI announced that it will probe the audacious hack into the Democratic National Committee servers. The Trump team on Monday dismissing the idea Russia would release the emails to help his campaigns.
All of this as the White House for the first time, issued an official plan on how the FBI and other agencies should handle a cyber attack. With a five point scale grading an attack severity from zero to five. But no word yet on how the White House rates the DNC email hack.