ASPEN, Colorado—CIA officials learned about a Russian hacking attempt targeting Senate candidates only when Microsoft publicly revealed the effort at a national security conference, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Schiff said he and his contacts in the National Security Agency (NSA) learned of the attempt at the same time.
Schiff made the comment in an interview at the Aspen Security Forum with NBC’s Kristen Welker, after she asked how confident he was in the U.S. government’s ability to deter future election interference.
“I’m not particularly confident,” he said. “I think back a year ago to this conference, when one of the representatives of Microsoft was on a panel and revealed that two or three Senate campaigns had been the target of spear-phishing attempts by an actor that appeared to be the same Fancy Bear actor, the same Russian GRU unit, that brought us the intervention in the 2016…