Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to DNC officials. The networks of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by the Russian spies, but according to the Washington Post, the intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system they also were able to read all e-mail and chat traffic.
The Washington Post also reports that some of the hackers had access to the DNC network for about a year, but all were expelled recently in a major computer clean-up campaign, the committee officials and experts said.
“The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers.
“‘It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries,’ said Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike, the cyber firm called in to handle the DNC breach and a former head of the FBI’s cyber division. He noted that it is extremely difficult for a civilian organization to protect itself from a skilled and determined state such as Russia.
“‘We’re perceived as an adversary of Russia,’ he said. ‘Their job when they wake up every day is to gather intelligence against the policies, practices and strategies of the U.S. government. There are a variety of ways. [Hacking] is one of the more valuable because it gives you a treasure trove of information.‘”
Hillary Clinton has long been in the Russian’s spy sights, but Trump hasn’t been in politics for very long; so foreign agencies are playing catch-up, analysts say.
Although many national polls show Trump trailing Clinton, this is a sign that the Russians believe Trump has a legitimate chance to be our next president. It looks like the Russians want to be prepared no matter who wins the race for the White House in November.
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