There is one thing that this Russian hacker hit list reveals: the Russians were, in fact, doing their best to influence the Presidential election. It was not just Hillary Clinton and her staff that were targets. It was a concerted effort to get into the emails of high-level military figures as well.
The most success was in the Clinton emails. It may well be that the Russians, and not some DNC staffer that provided all those emails to Wikileaks. The Russian group was called Fancy Bear and is seen as an arm of the Russian GBU. Here are the details of this reveal.
As Written By Graham Lanktree for Newsweek:
In addition to targeting Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Russian hackers took aim at the emails of top U.S. officials for more than a year leading up to the election.
The Russian hacker group Fancy Bear—which multiple cybersecurity firms have traced to Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency GRU—tried to break into 573 email addresses used by top U.S. diplomats and security officials, according to a hit list obtained by the Associated Press.
These officials included then-Secretary of State John Kerry, then-NATO Supreme Commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, one of his predecessors, U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark, members of Clinton’s inner circle, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others, including both Democrats and Republicans.
The list was exposed in a Fancy Bear digital trail by the cybersecurity firm Secureworks, which tracked the group’s activity between March 2015 and May 2016. The firm found the hit list in the data after Fancy Bear unintentionally left the email scamming method they used, known as phishing, exposed online.
The group worked to compromise the emails of 130 Democratic party employees, campaign staff, and the party’s……..
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