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Democratic Sen Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.
McCaskill, who is up for re-election this year, confirmed the attempted hack after The Daily Beast website reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to break into the senator's computers in August 2017.
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In a statement, McCaskill said she wants to hold the hackers and Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable.
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'While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this,' she said. 'I will not be intimidated. I've said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully.'
Her office would not give any details about the attempted attack or say how they learned about it.
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A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he did not have immediate comment.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday night.
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