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Shannon Vavra Apr 3, 2017
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Russia hacked State Dept in 2014 to test US response

Dmitri Lovetsky / AP

When the State Dept temporarily shut down its unclassified email system in 2014, it was actually thwarting a Russian cyber hack, which new details indicate was a more aggressive attack than previously thought.

1. Russia wanted a confrontation: Russia wasn't just sleuthing around for intel when it hacked into the unclassified State Dept system. It was seeking a confrontation, and testing the US' willingness to escalate matters, per The Washington Post.