Russian government hackers breached the Democratic National Committee computers, accessing opposition research on Donald Trump, as well as internal emails and chat traffic.
The intrusions are an example of Russia’s interest in the U.S. political system and its desire to understand the policies, strengths and weaknesses of a potential future president — much as American spies gather similar information on foreign candidates and leaders.
The depth of the penetration reflects the skill and determination of the United States’ top cyber adversary as Russia goes after strategic targets, from the White House and State Department to political campaign organizations.
A cybersecurity firm identified two distinct hacker groups that had accessed the DNC computer system, both of which are aligned with the Russian government.
Opposition research against Trump gathered by the DNC was likely to be released to the public eventually anyway, analysts told the Post. The Russian Embassy said it had no knowledge of the breach.
[h/t Washington Post]
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