CLAIM: The FBI only relied on the word of a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, to determine that Russia hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. CrowdStrike provided forensic evidence and analysis for the FBI to review during its investigation into a 2016 hack of DNC emails.
THE FACTS: Social media posts are wrongly claiming that the FBI failed to review evidence in the hack of the DNC’s computer network before concluding that Russia was responsible for the breach.
The claims circulated widely on Twitter and Facebook after the White House released a rough transcript of a July phone call President Donald Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked Zelenskiy to investigate CrowdStrike.