Obama Probes 2016 Cyber Attack on America

By Ikenga Chronicles December 10, 2016

The outgoing President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has on Friday ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election.

Obama requested that the report should be made available to him before he leaves office on January 20.

According to Homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco; “The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process … and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress.”

In October, the US government had formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the November 8 presidential election.

“We’ve seen in 2008 and in this last election system malicious cyber activity” Monaco said.

Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.

Asked if Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team was not concerned enough about Russia’s influence on the election or about other threats to the US such as infectious-disease outbreaks, Monaco said it was too soon to say.

As a presidential candidate, Trump praised Putin and called on Russia to dig up missing emails from his opponent, Hillary Clinton, from her time as Secretary of State under fellow Democrat Obama.

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