Report: Obama presidential campaign hacked by Russians

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A cyber security firm released a report Friday revealing that members of President Obama’s 2008 campaign were attacked by Russian hackers.

Area 1 Security began investigating Russian spy activity the day after the 2016 election and discovered “small patterns” during a phishing campaign.

The firm examined ten years of activity associated with the Russian spy group RUS2, which the report notes is also known as the “Dukes, APT-29, or Cozy Bear.”

According to cyber detectives, Cozy Bear, along with “Fancy Bear,” another Russian spy group aligned with Russia’s military intelligence agency G.R.U., were responsible for the 2015 hack of the Democratic National Committee. It is also believed that Cozy Bear breached the State Department, White House and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Area 1 Security uncovered Cozy Bear targets dating back to Obama’s 2008 campaign by reverse engineering their database. Previous reports contended that hackers associated with the Chinese government targeted presidential candidates Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in 2008.

“[S]tate-sponsored Russian hackers have been targeting United States officials and politicians since at least 2007 through phishing attacks,” Blake Darche, a former NSA technical analyst who co-founded Area 1 Security, told Newsweek.

Obama campaign and field managers—identified by title, not name—were included in a partial list of targets provided by Area 1 Security, as well as officials in the Energy Department, White House and State Department, including the U.S. ambassador to Russia, from 2008 to 2016.

Area 1 Security asserts that the same targets are “still getting fresh attacks,” even as they have assumed new positions at think tanks, universities and in the private sector.

The report was released as the FBI continues to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign had ties to the Russian government. The U.S. intelligence community delivered a report in January that blamed the Russians for interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign and influencing the election in favor of Trump.

H/T: Washington Examiner

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