It looks like Russian hackers have had a lot of success getting information from American computer networks, most recently the one at the Democratic National Committee. But that’s not the only one they successfully hacked.
Bloomberg has the report of which other politically-connected network the Russians accessed:
“The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation was among the organizations breached by suspected Russian hackers in a dragnet of the U.S. political apparatus ahead of the November election, according to three people familiar with the matter.
“The attacks on the foundation’s network, as well as those of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, compound concerns about her digital security even as the FBI continues to investigate her use of a personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state.
“Clinton Foundation officials said the organization hadn’t been notified of the breach and declined to comment further. The compromise of the foundation’s computers was first identified by government investigators as recently as last week, the people familiar with the matter said. Agents monitor servers used by hackers to communicate with their targets, giving them a back channel view of attacks, often even before the victims detect them.”
Hackers who hit the DNC and Clinton’s campaign burrowed much further into the U.S. political system than initially thought, going through law firms, lobbyists, consultants, foundations and policy groups in a campaign that targeted thousands of Google e-mail accounts and lasted from October through mid-May.
Data from the attacks have led some security researchers to conclude that the hackers were linked to Russian intelligence services and were widely successful in stealing reports, policy papers, correspondence and other information. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, denied that the Russian government was involved.
Why would the Russians do this and release information on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? To weaken the US in the eyes of its allies and adversaries.
If this is the case, do you think the Russians were successful in their mission?
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