Report: Russian Hackers Accessed DNC Emails, Trump Opposition Research

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Hackers affiliated with the Russian government made their way into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee over the last year, gaining access not only opposition research on Donald Trump but all the committee’s emails, according to the Washington Post.

The paper said the DNC isn’t the only target of the hackers. According to the Post, “The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.”

The Washington Post reported the DNC believes the hackers had access to the DNC’s network for a year, ending last weekend.

“Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network,” DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the paper.

According to the paper, the DNC first learned of a potential hack in April.

CrowdStrike, the firm hired by the DNC to investigate the hack, believes two different hacker groups were involved. One group monitored the DNC’s emails and chat traffic. The other accessed the committee’s research on Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

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