Russian hackers targeted voting software company; alleged NSA report leaker arrested

Russian hackers cyberattacked a voting software company and sent spear-phishing emails to local election officials, according to top secret NSA documents that resulted in federal charges against the papers’ alleged leaker.

The National Security Agency assessment published by The Intercept Monday said that operatives from Moscow’s GRU intelligence agency targeted employees at an electronic voting services vendor in August and that at least one employee was likely compromised.

Hackers then used info from the company to target more than 100 local government email addresses by pretending to be from Florida-based VR Systems days before the election, according to the reported NSA documents.

Just hours after the news broke, the Justice Department announced that Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old who works at government contractor Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, was charged with sending top secret information to an unidentified news outlet.