After many direct verbal attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, hackers employed by the Russian government have broken into the Democratic National Committee’s internet database and stolen every bit of the research gathered for the purpose of opposing Trump in the 2016 election.
This information came directly from the officials who responded to the breach of security. Those officials have said that the hackers’ depth of reach allowed them to view “all email and chat traffic.”
According to Washington Post:
“Some of the hackers had access to the DNC network for about a year, but all were expelled over the past weekend in a major computer cleanup campaign, the committee officials and experts said.”
“The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers.”
Also targeted by Russian spies were the online networks of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as various other political agencies not yet named.
Russia has recently shown a clear interest in the inner workings of America’s election processes. Having this information gives Putin an understanding of “policies, strengths, and weaknesses of a potential future president.” Although we know that Russian spies were behind these hacks, a Russian Embassy spokesperson claims that he has no knowledge of the hacking incident.
A cyber firm called CrowdStrike was called in to investigate the breach. The President of CrowdStrike, Shawn Henry, said this:
“It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries.”
“We’re perceived as an adversary of Russia. Their job when they wake up every day is to gather intelligence against the policies, practices and strategies of the U.S. government. There are a variety of ways. [Hacking] is one of the more valuable because it gives you a treasure trove of information.”
Regardless of Putin’s approval of Trump as an American President, The Donald has steered pretty clear of speaking too positively about the controversial President of Russia. The video below shows Trump’s awkward mention of Vladimir Putin during a Presidential debate.
Video courtesy of Washington Post: