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2016 US elections

President-elect Trump: Hacking of US Democrats during campaign could have been 'somebody else' other than Russia; 'I know things that other people don't know' - Reuters

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Burlington, VT, US

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on attempted Russian hacking of Burlington electric grid: 'Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world's leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life' - NBC News

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Burlington Electric Department

Burlington, Vt., electric utility, on report on Russian hacking, says it detected malware from hackers in single laptop 'not connected to our organization's grid systems'

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Report: Russian hackers penetrated US electricity grid through a utility in Vermont; did not actively use code to disrupt, intentions unclear, US officials tell Washington Post

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Source: Apple wants India to offer tax concessions on iPhones that the company plans to manufacture in the country - Bloomberg News

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United States

Matt Drudge questions if US government is behind 'biggest' cyberattack on Drudge Report website 'since site's inception' - Washington Times

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2016 US elections

Report: Senior intelligence officials says President-elect Trump was first briefed on Russian involvement starting in mid-August; team has since received extensive intelligence on matter - NBC News

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2016 US elections

Editor's note: The sanctions President Obama ordered Thursday are against two Russian intelligence services as well as the head of GRU intelligence agency, Lt. Gen. Korobov, and three of his deputies, AP reports. Two Russian nationals, Alexei Belan and Yevgeny Bogachev, are also sanctioned and wanted by the FBI for cyber crimes. The Obama administration also announced it is shutting down compounds that have been used by Russian personnel and expelled 35 diplomats. The sweeping actions come just three weeks before the Trump administration takes office and are in retaliation for alleged hacking attacks meant to interfere with the U.S. presidential election, NBC News notes. Deputy U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner added that the actions against Russia are also in response "to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas." Russia has denied any involvement in the cyberattacks and President Putin called the decision for sanctions "groundless." - Stephanie

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2016 US elections

Senators McCain, Graham: New new sanctions are 'long overdue,' and 'small price for Russia to pay for brazen attack on US democracy' - @SenJohnMcCain

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2016 US elections

Senior US official: 'We have no reason to believe that Russia's malicious activities will cease' including on future US elections - @ZekeJMiller

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2016 US elections

Kremlin spokesman: US sanctions destroy diplomatic relations; adds Russian retaliation to new sanctions will be 'adequate' - Reuters

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2016 US elections

State Department official confirms Russian compound in Maryland is 45-acre property in Centreville purchased by the Soviet government in 1972 - @jfritze

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Alexis Ohanian

Tennis superstar Serena Williams announces engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian - People

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Milo Yiannopoulos, UK journalist banned from Twitter after criticizing Leslie Jones, inks $250,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster imprint - Hollywood Reporter

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2016 US elections

President-elect Trump on push for Russian hacking sanctions: 'I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on. We have speed. We have a lot of other things. But I'm not sure you have the kind of security you need. But I have not spoken with the senators, and I certainly will be over a period of time.' - @ericgeller

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2016 US elections

Officials: US is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election - CNN

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South Korea antitrust regulator fines Qualcomm $854 million for violating competition laws - Reuters

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South Korea

Qualcomm fined more than $850 million in South Korea for alleged antitrust violations - Wall Street Journal

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Volkswagen to purchase Canadian mobile payments company PayByPhone - Wall Street Journal

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New Hampshire, US

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirms its computer system was hacked last year - Patch

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