Computer systems used by Hillary Clinton’s campaign were hacked, and federal law officials are linking the hackers to the Russian government. It is unclear how news of the breaches was disseminated to outlets, including WikiLeaks, who then published the information online.
Last month the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems had been compromised, apparently by the same or related entities. The two breaks in security have lead to speculation that the Russians are trying to affect the U.S. Presidential election, and the Democrats have said that the Russians may be trying to sway the outcome for Donald Trump. Authorities have pinpointed the source to identities known as “Fancy Bear” and “Cozy Bear,” which are connected to Russian Intelligence agencies.
Trump officials have denied any involvement or connection with the Russians: On Friday, senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement: “This seems to be a problem wherever Hillary Clinton goes. Hopefully, this time, there wasn’t classified or top secret information that puts American lives at risk.” These groups have successfully penetrated US federal organizations in other hack attacks.
These cyberspace attacks are nothing novel, governments from around the world are striving to spy on other governments all the time. The timing of the release of this information is suspicious, though. It is doubtful that Trump is in collusion with the Russians on this one, but we could be seeing yet another remnant of the original Clinton/Trump “plant” agreement gone bad.