WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian state has never been involved in hacking.
Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of leading international news agencies Thursday, Putin says some individual “patriotic” hackers could mount some attacks amid the current cold spell in Russia’s relations with the West.
But he categorically insists “we don’t engage in that at the state level.”
Putin also says “no hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America.”
U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump’s election victory.