Russian Hackers Tried but Failed to Hack the RNC

Russian Hackers Tried but Failed to Hack the RNC

Russian Hackers Tried but Failed to Hack the RNC

Russian hackers tried, but failed to get past security defenses on the computer networks of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Just 1 e-Mail account linked to a long-departed RNC staffer was targeted in the failed breach, the WS-J reported, citing unnamed sources.

According to the paper, analysts believe what began as a data-gathering campaign aimed at both parties later focused on leaked e-Mails about Hillary Clinton and Democrats.

Citing 2 unnamed officials, the WS-J reported hackers sent phishing e-Mails last Spring to an e-Mail address at the RNC, but they were quarantined by a filter meant to detect spam, as well as potentially malicious traffic, that might carry viruses or trick recipients into divulging passwords.

A 3rd unnamed source told the paper that RNC staff members did not realize they had been the target of spies until June – after DNC officials had revealed the breach in their computer system.

Concerned RNC officials then called a private computer security firm, which in turn called the FBI and obtained information about what kinds of malicious e-Mails to look for.

An RNC inspection found electronic filters had blocked e-Mails sent to a former employee.

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