Russia dismisses US hacking accusations

Russia on Saturday dismissed the U.S. government's official accusation that the Kremlin hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in an attempt to influence the outcome of the presidential election.


The Russian Foreign Ministry said the accusation is nothing but a U.S. attempt to created "unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria," Reuters reported.

"This whipping up of emotions regarding 'Russian hackers' is used in the U.S. election campaign, and the current U.S. administration, taking part in this fight, is not averse to using dirty tricks," said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the Russian government of hacking the DNC and other servers in a possible attempt to tamper with U.S. elections.

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a joint public statement.

"There is no proof whatsoever for such grave accusations," Ryabkov said in response.

"[They are] ...fabricated by those who are now serving an obvious political order in Washington, continuing to whip up unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria."
Russo-American relations have grown tense in recent weeks, with both nations unable to negotiate an effective compromise agreement in respect to the Syrian conflict.
Following the formal accusation from Washington on Friday, U.S. officials confirmed that Moscow was moving some of its nuclear-capable equipment to a geographically isolated Russian territory in Europe in a possible show of force.