Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday for the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The indictments, announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accuses the Russian intelligence officers of engaging “in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DNC and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.”
The intelligence officers, members of Russia’s GRU, released the information under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.
“The Internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” Rosenstein said.
The group also conspired to hack into computers of state election boards, secretaries of State and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to election administrations.
According to the indictment, Mueller alleges that Russia stole key information on “half a million” US voters by hacking a state board of election site.
Breaking: Mueller alleges Russians *stole* key information on *half a million* US voters by hacking a state board of election site. Significant: pic.twitter.com/xnnkVBaRuy
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) July 13, 2018
The announcement comes just days before a scheduled Monday summit in Helsinki between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.