Who Are the Alleged Russian Hackers Behind DNC Breach?
According to the agency, structures of the Democratic Party and well-known research centers were targeted by Russian hackers.
Fancy Bear, a group of Russian hackers accused of interfering in the 2016 American elections, attacked accounts of the Democratic Party structures in California and Indiana, as well as influential research centers in Washington and New York..
These attempts were reported in the summer by Microsoft Corporation, indicating that more than 200 organizations were targeted..
Reuters found that the hackers’ targets included notable research centers – the Center for American Progress, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Foundation Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Representatives of these organizations were alerted to Microsoft about attempted hacker attacks, according to sources close to these organizations.
Investigations in the United States indicate that Fancy Bear operates under the control of Russian military intelligence. It was these hackers who got access to the correspondence of Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in 2016..
The Russian Embassy in the United States said that Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of the United States and called statements about Fancy Bear’s ties with Russian state structures “fake news”.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Chris Meger said he did not find it a surprise that foreign actors tried to influence the results of the US elections.
The Indiana Democratic Party said they “have no information about successful hacker attacks.” California Democratic Party Chairman Rusty Hicks admitted that the hacker attack took place, but did not specify if it was a Fancy Bear group.. He stressed that “the efforts of the foreign structure were not crowned with success”.
The FBI declined to comment.
The Center for American Progress says the organization’s website has not been hacked.
George Soros’s Open Society Foundation was also targeted by Russian hackers earlier in the year, according to informed sources. The fund said that “a number of steps have been taken to ensure the safety of employees.”.
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