Computer System Not Compromised After Cyber Breach, Clinton Campaign Says

Time: 10:29 p.m. CEST

The campaign of the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton confirmed that, “analytics data program” maintained by the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, but the computer system had not been compromised, the Washington Post writes on the recent reported cyber breaches from foreign countries to the systems of the Democratic Party organizations.

As the Post writes, campaign computer experts “have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised,” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. As the text of the Post said, Merrill said the compromised material did not include email communications, memos, research or potentially inflammatory communications. The breached data are mostly computer codes and email-addresses lists.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s agents visited the Clinton campaign during the spring and warned on the possible vulnerability of the campaign’s computer system. The Post says, campaign security consultants were aware of the attempts, but the attempts were unsuccessful.

But, the New York Times reports, Russian government hackers entered the computers of the Democratic Campaign Committee, and the individual familiar with the matter said, “The intrusion appeared to be carried out by the same Russian intelligence service that hacked the Democratic National Committee, earlier this year.”

The investigation is ongoing and should reveal the range of the intrusion, which could lead to possibility of foreign intrusion into the election process in the U.S. The Aspen Group warned on the possibility that U.S. electoral process could be a target “for reckless foreign governments and terrorist groups.”

“What would be very troubling would be somebody hacking into the actual voting databases or network systems in which ballots are sent to the central database, and either altering results or raising questions about the integrity of the results,” said Michael Chertoff, former homeland security secretary. “That would take the ‘hanging chad’ debacle of 2000 and make it seem trivial. This would become an issue of electronic hanging chads,” the Times publishes, Chertoff’s statement.

As the Times writes, “the FBI is treating the DNC and DCCC breaches as one investigation now, said one person briefed on the matter.” The bureau is doing thoroughly investigation of possibility Russian hackers to target political organizations.

Reuters was first that reported on the DCCC breach at the same time with the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

One element of the attack on the DCCC includes “the creation of a spoof website registered with a domain name similar to that of the committee’s main donation site, said an individual familiar with the matter. Internet traffic linked to contributions apparently was re­directed to the fake site, the individual said,” the Times writes.

The FBI is far away of the closing the case. The Times says their sources say, “Hackers working for Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, were traced to the DCCC intrusion, the sources said. Also known as APT 28 or Fancy Bear, they are the group the FBI believes took a cache of DNC emails.

A day after the news on the DNC hack, “a figure calling himself Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit and said he was Romanian, ” but after research, independent researchers said he is also a part of a Russian information operation campaign.

What FBI is doing is to determine if the emails Russians obtained are the same 200.000 that appeared on the website of the WikiLeakes. It also investigates if APT 28 or other group passed the emails to the anti- secrecy site that publishes leaked documents.

“The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities, and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters,” the statement said. “The cyber threat environment continues to evolve as cyber actors target all sectors and their data. The FBI takes seriously any allegations of intrusions, and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace, ” the agency said on Friday.


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