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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