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The White House sent a secret "hotline"-style message to Russia on Oct. 31 to warn against any further cybermeddling in the U.S. election process. Russia didn't escalate its tactics as Election Day approached, but U.S. officials aren't ready to say that deterrence worked. The senior administration official said that Russia gave a "non-committal" response to the Oct. 31 message, neither acknowledging the U.S. charges nor denying them. But the official confirmed reports by other high-level sources that after the public and private warnings, Russia did not increase its cyber activity and may have reduced it.The White House feared a last-minute Russian cyberonslaught right up to Nov. 8, but it apparently never came.The Obama administration fears that Russia is ignoring these limits.The Obama administration is ready to explore these issues further with Russia through a little-known "working group" created under a defunct "presidential bilateral commission".
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