Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested “patriotic” Russian citizens might be engaged in hacking.
Such individuals might be joining “the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia,” he said.
Like “artists” who get up and paint all day, he added, hackers spend their day attacking adversaries.
Mr Putin also denied once again that his administration hacked the US election last year.
He added that this activity was “never” carried out at the government level and he expressed his belief that hackers could not influence voters’ minds.
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