Feds probing Clinton campaign hacking

Feds probing Clinton campaign hacking
July 31 06:30 2016

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating a
computer hack of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in
addition to its examination of intrusions of other Democratic
Party organizations, two law enforcement officials said
Friday.

The campaign said in a statement that its internal systems
were not compromised.
”An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and
used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was
accessed as part of the DNC hack,” said Clinton campaign
spokesman Nick Merrill. “Our campaign computer system
has been under review by outside cyber security experts.

To
 date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems
have been compromised.”
The intrusion was discovered by private investigators hired
by the campaign, according to one of the law enforcement
officials. The private investigators believe it is similar to the
 Democratic National Committee hack, but federal
investigators are still working to determine the scope and
nature of the intrusion, the official explained.
The campaign intrusion is the latest in a series of
Democratic party organizations who have had system
breaches that are being investigated — including the DNC
and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
(DCCC).

The Justice Department’s national security division, which
was already investigating the DNC intrusion, is handling the
investigation because of the believed similarities, one of the
officials explained.
There is strong evidence indicating the cyber intrusion of the
DNC was the work of hackers working on behalf of Russian
intelligence, US officials said this week.
The alleged intrusion was first reported by Reuters.
A person familiar with the Clinton campaign program
described it as essentially a dynamic voter database — with
voter participation, voter contact information and voter files
that all campaign organizations use. It’s a list — but a
dynamic one with key voter data.
A Clinton aide said the hackers had access to the analytics
program’s server for approximately five days.

The analytics
data program is among many systems accessed to conduct
voter analysis. It does not include social security numbers
or credit card numbers.
The aide noted further that according to the campaign’s
outside cyber security expert, the hack of this analytics data
program could not have resulted in access to Clinton
campaign internal emails, voicemails, computers or other
internal communications and documents.

Those are
completely independent systems.
The DCCC, which is the political arm for House Democrats,
confirmed Friday it had been the subject of a cyberhack,
raising the possibility that alleged Russian hackers might
have breached a much broader swath of Democratic
records than originally thought.
The revelation comes just days after the leak of thousands
of Democratic National Committee emails — US officials
allege Russian hackers — prompted major turmoil within the
party, causing the abrupt resignation of its chairwoman,
 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
On Friday afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the
ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said
Russians look to be the culprits, pointing to comments by
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper the prior
day.

“As Clapper said last night, all the evidence isn’t in yet, but
it’s certainly the way it looks,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on
”The Situation Room.”
A spokeswoman for the DCCC said Friday that the
committee has been advised by investigators that the hack
is similar to the DNC breach.
”The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a
cybersecurity incident. Upon discovering the issue, we
immediately took action and engaged with CrowdStrike, a
leading forensic investigator, to assist us in addressing this
incident,” Meredith Kelly, spokeswoman for the DCCC, said
in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Beyond the DNC cyber intrusion, hackers believed to work
for Russian intelligence agencies have breached numerous
other entities linked to Democratic Party politics, including
private companies, a federal law enforcement official said.
The series of cyber breaches over the past 18 months have
targeted political entities that support Democrats, the official
said.

“If they wanted to get into a system, they got in,” the official
said.
The FBI’s chief of cyber investigations James Trainor told
CNN in an interview recently that hackers have targeted
political party entities and think tanks in Washington.
The official said there is a long list of intrusions that the FBI
and other agencies are investigating.
Republican Party organizations so far haven’t reported
finding any intrusions, the official said.
The Russians have denied any involvement with the DNC
hack, but federal investigators suspect hackers in the
country have accessed the information. And Democrats
believe they have been leaked in the middle of a contentiou s
election year to help Donald Trump.
”The DCCC takes this matter very seriously,” Kelly said.
”With the assistance of leading experts we have taken and
are continuing to take steps to enhance the security of our
network in the face of these recent events. We are
cooperating with the federal law enforcement with respect
to their ongoing investigation.

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Hacking has become a major flashpoint in the presidential
race. Revelations about targeting the Clinton campaign
come as both nominees are set to begin receiving national
security briefings.
Asked if she was ok with Republican nominee Donald Trump
receiving such information, Feinstein said, “Well, it will be
interesting to see if he can keep a secret.”
Trump earlier in the week drew criticism for appearing to
suggest that Russia should use espionage to find Hillary
Clinton’s deleted emails.
The GOP nominee later tried to walk back the comments.
”Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said in a Fox News
interview that aired Thursday, after his comments at a news
conference in Florida sparked a national furor and offered
ammunition for Democrats who claim he’s not fit to be
president.

(CNN)