Putin: Patriotic Russians may become involved in hacking

Vladimir PutinImage copyright AFP
Image caption Mr Putin suggested Russian hackers might target ‘those who speak ill of Russia’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested “patriotic” Russian citizens might turn their hand to hacking.

Such individuals might join “the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia,” he said.

He repeated his denial 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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