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Pro-Russia Hackers Have Been Accused of Election Cyberattacks Before

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    A Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 file screenshot of the Fancy Bears website fancybear.net seen on a computes screen in Moscow, Russia.

    Russia is accused of organizing political cyberattacks in the United States ahead of Election Day, but Kremlin-linked hackers have been accused before of trying to influence voters in other countries, NBC News reports.

    Hackers attempted to hijack an election in Ukraine in 2014, shutting down its Central Election Commission just before the vote. Pro-Russian hacktivist group CyberBerkut claimed responsibility.

    A Ukrainian official investigating the incident told NBC News on condition of anonymity that more malware was found in the election commission's system, and it was traced to a group linked to the recent hacks in the U.S, known as APT28 or Fancy Bears.

    U.S. officials have said a cache of stolen emails later released by WikiLeaks is an unprecedented attempt by the Russian government to undermine trust in the election.