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Russian government hackers infiltrate Democrats' network, steal research on Donald Trump

By midian182
Jun 15, 2016
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  1. The Democratic National Committee has had its computer network breached and confidential files, including data on Donald Trump, stolen by Russian hackers, according to a report in the Washington Post.

    Investigators say some of the hackers, who reportedly have links to the Russian Government, had access to the systems since last summer. During this time they were able to monitor all email and chat traffic.

    The most recent attack saw the pilfering of an entire database of opposition research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. It’s unclear precisely what information the trove contained, but it’s likely to have included details of his business dealings and previous political statements that the Democrats could use against him.

    Crowdstrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to investigate the intrusion, said two different Russian hacking groups working independently of each other infiltrated the network. The first, codenamed Cozy Bear, had been inside the system for almost a year and targetted DNC’s communications. The second, codenamed Fancy Bear, had breached DNC computers back in April and was looking for certain research, such as the Trump data.

    Crowdstrike’s Chief Technology Officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, wrote in a blog post that the groups were most likely working for various branches of the Russian government, such as the federal security service (FBS) and Russian military intelligence.

    “Everyone around the world is trying to figure out, ‘Who is Mr Trump?’” said Alperovitch. “What is his foreign policy going to be? What is it going to be in relation to Russia? He’s said some complimentary things about Putin. How real is that?”

    No donor or personal information was compromised, according to the report, which stated that the hackers also targetted the personal websites of both Trump and Hilary Clinton, though it’s not clear if those attacks were successful.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    "Crowdstrike’s Chief Technology Officer, Dmitri Alperovitch,..."

    Anyone else think this is ironic?? I mean...Dmitri Alperocitch...lololol
     
    Odium likes this.
  3. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Maniac Posts: 401   +208

    Democrats have problems with tech.
     
  4. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    I'm monitoring this thread for the ensuing shitshow
     
  5. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 59   +38

    Democrats only bring problems
     
    davislane1 and LiveResistance like this.
  6. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 610   +61

    Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear? Now we are just missing Goldilocks and another bear
     
  7. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    DNC computer procurement and security strategy brought to you by Hillary Clinton.

    Seriously though if there was classified data on this system DNC may be held accountable for possible violations of federal law. Luckily though it sounds like it is just stupid crap about Trump and other previous republican candidates so hopefully there is no risk to national security.
     
    LiveResistance likes this.
  8. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +26

    If democrats have problems with tech, republicans could launch a misile by doing a mistake on their email accounts, how they could do that?, I don't know.
     
  9. atcapistrano

    atcapistrano TS Member Posts: 30

    I say they are one and the same person or group. ;)
    next, Chinese hackers calling themselves crouching dragon, hidden dragon.

    I can't imagine why these hackers target info on Donald Trump. from my perspective, Donald Trump has no skeletons in the closet as he says in public all that is in his head. on the other hand, Hillary Clinton had used other channels beside approved official government channels.
     
  10. Odium

    Odium TS Rookie Posts: 23   +6

    Great. Now we will find out what is he smoking
     
    wiyosaya likes this.
  11. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Nonono! that's all wrong! It's crouching tiger, hidden dragon...or is it crouching dragon, hidden tiger...or is it hidde...ahhh whatever!
     
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

  13. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Addict Posts: 229   +89

    Can we just not hold elections this year please...
     
    wiyosaya likes this.
  14. billk

    billk TS Rookie

    Republicans have problems with truth-telling. From "birthers" to "Obama wants to take away your guns," their claims about their opponents are often veracity neutral.
     

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