US: Hack of federal agencies ‘likely Russian in origin’

Author: ERIC TUCKER/ Associated Press
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, a woman types on a keyboard in New York. Following the disclosure of a global cyberespionage campaign that penetrated multiple U.S. government agencies and private organizations, governments and major corporations worldwide are scrambling to see if they, too, were victims. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

The U.S. government on Tuesday said a devastating hack of federal agencies is “likely Russian in origin” and said the operation appeared to be an “intelligence gathering” effort.

The assessment was disclosed in a rare public statement from the FBI and other investigative agencies.

Though Russia was widely believed to be responsible, President Donald Trump last month falsely suggested China could be to blame.

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