The Russian state has never been involved in hacking, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
Putin said individual “patriotic” hackers could mount attacks but “we don’t engage in that at the state level.” He was speaking to news agencies in St. Petersburg.
The president added that “no hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America.”
Russia was accused by U.S. intelligence agencies of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump to victory. Moscow was also accused of a hack by Emmanuel Macron days before he won the French presidency.