Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed the latest report about alleged Russian hackers targeting the Biden campaign, calling it "nonsense."
"No, we do not know about it. We don't know which company [is allegedly involved], or what 'Russian state-backed' means," Peskov said, speaking to reporters on Thursday.
"It looks like another piece of nonsense which is unfortunately sometimes published by a respectable news agency," he added.
Earlier, Reuters reported that Microsoft had informed Biden advisory firm SKDKnickerbocker that 'state-backed hackers' from Russia had attempted to target the consulting firm in a series of phishing attacks over the past two months, but that their dastardly plot was foiled by the company's 'well-defended' network security.
Microsoft did not immediately comment on the Reuters report, with the Biden campaign and SKDKnickerbocker similarly yet to make any statements.
US officials began accusing Moscow of engaging in systemic hacking, trolling and meddling efforts during the 2016 election campaign, even accusing Donald Trump of 'colluding' with the Kremlin to get elected. The latter claims fell apart in April 2019 with the release of the Mueller report, which found no evidence whatsoever of any collusion. Similarly, investigations by Google, Facebook and Twitter found no evidence of any systemic online Russian 'meddling' campaign. Last month, an investigation by members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) found that Guccifer 2.0, the cyber entity which claimed to have hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and helped start the 'Russian meddling claims', concluded that the hacking group was a likely front for the Central Intelligence Agency.