WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – US authorities have formally accused Russia of cyber-attacks against political organizations ahead of November 8 elections.

According to Department of Homeland Security, recent hacked emails are “consistent with the methods and motivation of Russia-directed efforts”.

Data revealing discussions within the Democratic Party was hacked earlier this year, BBC reported.

States reported “probing” attempts made on “election-related” systems.

However, officials said those attempts could not be directly linked to the Russian government.

At an early phase, many US officials linked the breach to Russia. At the time, Moscow denied any involvement and denounced the “poisonous anti-Russian” rhetoric from Washington.

The leaked emails appeared to show that Democratic Party officials were biased against Bernie Sanders in his primary race against Mrs Clinton.