South Carolina’s senior Sen. Lindsey Graham wants the Senate to be briefed on recent disclosures that the Democratic National Committee and New York Times reporters, as well as other entities, have been the targets of cyber-hacks.
According to the Post and Courier, in a letter this week, the Republican asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV to create an all-Senate members briefing on the security breaches reportedly done by hackers using Russian agency equipment.
“This recent string of cyber intrusions carried out by the Russian Government is a clear effort to gather intelligence and potentially influence our political system,” Graham wrote to McConnell and Reid in an Aug. 24 letter. “Ensuring members are well informed of this burgeoning threat is critically important.”
Graham also said he would like to know what the intelligence community and law enforcement are doing to respond. He doubted Democrats and media organizations are the only ones in being targeted by attacks he believes are coming out of Russia.
Russia has always denied responsibility for the cyber-attacks and the Obama Administration has never explicitly identified them as the source, although Democratic members of Congress have pressured the FBI to determine if there is a link.