The hackers got Hillary!
A computer network used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was breached by hackers as part of a sweeping cyber attack that appears to be targeting Democrats, Reuters reported Friday.
Clinton’s campaign is just the latest victim in a string of high-profile security failures — and the second breach to be revealed on Friday by beleaguered Democratic officials.
Earlier in the day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee admitted to being hacked — and officials said the cyber spying bore a striking resemblance to a prior hack into the the Democratic National Committee computers that bore all the hallmarks of Russian intelligence.
The national security division of the Department of Justice has opened a probe into the widespread cyber sneaking to see if the attacks on Democratic political organizations is also a threat to U.S. security, sources told Reuters.
The Brooklyn-based Clinton campaign declined to comment on allegations it had suffered a security lapse.
The extent of the campaign hack is not clear and there’s no detail on what type of information the thieves would have gotten from campaign computers, Reuters said.
Russian government intelligence agents are the prime suspects in the spate of digital break-ins.
The DCCC, which raises money for Democratic House candidates, said Friday it was “the target of a cybersecurity incident,” according to spokeswoman Meredith Kelly.
President Obama has said Russia was almost certainly responsible for earlier DNC hack — and leading cyber experts have also come to the same conclusion.
The DNC breach allowed Wikileaks to dump a trove of embarrassing emails about the committee’s uneven treatment of Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Some 19,000 emails were published by Wikileaks on July 22 — days before the DNC’s convention began in Philadelphia.
The damning emails led to the ouster of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She officially resigned this week.
The DCCC has hired CrowdStrike to upgrade its computer security and is “cooperating with the federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation,” said Kelly.
The FBI is already probing the hack, a Democratic aide told the Associated Press.
CrowdStrike issued a statement confirming its work for the congressional campaign committee but provided no additional details.
The recent hacks have become fodder for Clinton and her presidential combatant Donald Trump, running as the Republicans’ candidate.
Earlier this week Trump said he encouraged Russia to seek and release more than 30,000 emails deleted by Clinton when she was secretary of state.
Democrats immediately accused him of colluding with Russia’s strongman President Vladimir Putin — and said Trump’s words were tantamount to asking a foreign entity to conduct espionage.
Trump said he was just being sarcastic when he made the remarks.
[source:- Daily News]