Reports: Russian hackers breach DNC network, access opposition research on Trump

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{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.}  – Russian hackers reportedly breached the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, gaining access to all opposition research on Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

According to reports, two separate groups entered the network, and one focused on internal communications over email and chat for nearly a year before the breach was detected and cleaned up by cyber firm CrowdStrike.

It was added that the intrusion was one of the many targeting American political organisations, as networks of Democrat Hillary Clinton were also breached previously, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees.

Further, the DNC reportedly suggested that the hack was “traditional espionage” as no financial, donor or personal information appeared to have been accessed or taken.

Reports added that the strategic hacks were an indication of Russia’s attempt to better understand its adversary and its future representative, and this was seconded by CrowdStrike’s president Shawn Henry, who said that, “It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries.”

Further, he reportedly added that, “Their [Russian hackers’] job when they wake up every day is to gather intelligence against the policies, practices and strategies of the U.S. government,” and explaining that hacking was a more preferred way as “it gives you a treasure trove of information.”

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman reportedly denied Russia’s hand, and explained that, “I completely rule out a possibility that the (Russian) government or the government bodies have been involved in this.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.