FBI director James Comey admitted on Monday that Russians weren’t just hacking into the Democrat Party’s computer systems but also attempted to infiltrate the Republican National Committee (RNC) as well.
During the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia hacking, NY Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik asked Comey whether other U.S. political organizations like the RNC were targeted.
“Is there any evidence that Russia tried to hack other entities associated with the 2016 presidential campaign, in addition to the DNC [Democratic National Committee] or Clinton campaign operatives?” Rep. Stefanik asked Comey.
“Yes, many others,” Comey answered without hesitation.
“Can you specify those others?” Stefanik asked. “Did that include any of the other campaigns of candidates in the primaries either Democrats or Republicans?”
“I think what we can say in an unclassified setting is what we have in the report — that there were efforts to penetrate organizations associated with the Republican Party and…that there were not releases of material taken hacked from any Republican associate organizations,” he replied.
“But the backing — the use of cyber tools as part of their broader — whether you call it hybrid warfare or information warfare campaigns, it was done to both parties,” Stefanik clarified.
“Correct,” Comey answered.
So both parties were targeted but only one was penetrated. Maybe the Democrats need to beef up their cybersecurity apparatus.
As The Hill reported in December, hacking former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account was pretty easy to do:
The hack and eventual release of a decade’s worth of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails may have been caused by a typo, The New York Times reported Tuesday in an in-depth piece on Russian cyberattacks.
Last March, Podesta received an email purportedly from Google saying hackers had tried to infiltrate his Gmail account. When an aide emailed the campaign’s IT staff to ask if the notice was real, Clinton campaign aide Charles Delavan replied that it was “a legitimate email” and that Podesta should “change his password immediately.”
Instead of telling the aide that the email was a threat and that a good response would be to change his password directly through Google’s website, he had inadvertently told the aide to click on the fraudulent email and give the attackers access to the account.
Delavan told the Times he had intended to type “illegitimate,” a typo he still has not forgiven himself for making.